Providence reformed baptist elders

  1. Elders and their responsibility
    The elders shall take particular responsibility to:

    • The elders shall examine and instruct prospective members.

    • The elders shall examine and recommend all prospective candidates for offices

      and positions.

    • The elders shall oversee the work of the deacons and appointed church agents

      and committees.

    • The elders shall oversee worship services.

    • The elders shall oversee the administration of the ordinances of baptism and


    • The elders shall equip the membership for the work of the ministry.

    • The elders shall encourage sound doctrine and practice.

    • The elders shall admonish and correct error.

    • The elders shall oversee the process of church discipline.

    • The elders shall coordinate and promote the ministries of the church.

    • The elders shall mobilize the church for world missions.

    • The elders shall ensure that all who minister the Word to the congregation,

      including outside speakers, share our core convictions.

  • Steven Svendsen

    Steven Svendsen, senior pastor, is a native of Harlan, Iowa, and has served as a pastor and Bible teacher since 1988. He is a graduate of Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa. Steve is a certified biblical counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly NANC) and is part of the faculty at Haiti Bible Institute in Petion-ville, Haiti. He enjoys roasting his own coffee and coaching youth sports. Steve does most of the preaching in our public services. He and his wife Sarah live in rural Cameron.



  • timothy Borstad

    Timothy Borstad is a native of Park Rapids, Minnesota. A retired elementary educator, Tim uses his musical, administrative, and teaching gifts at Providence. He enjoys singing with Circle Unbroken, a southern gospel group. He and his wife Rebecca live in rural Cameron.


  • Robert Lancaster

    Robert Lancaster is a native of Roseau, Minnesota. A graduate of Prairie Bible Institute, Bob served as a pastor for many years before moving to the Rice Lake area. As Elder Emeritus, Bob is a valuable resource to the church because of his wisdom and his regular call to turn our concerns Godward.