By David Eisenberger
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Providence is a multi-faceted place of worship. Because of the energy of Pastor Paul Lawrence, you’ll find things going on each and every day.
Pastor Lawrence came to Rhode Island from India and got his Doctorate of Divinity in 2007. He and his wife Janet have been affiliated with Mt. Pleasant Baptist since November of 2004.
Mt. Pleasant runs a number of monthly activities. Each 2nd Friday of the month, at the coffee-house social, members of the community gather for good music and a “message Pot-luck suppers”. Teens meet every second Saturday of the month for a “teen challenge” to spend time in a safe environment with their peers. For those in recovery, meetings are held every Monday at 7:00pm.
This church not only serves the local community, but also is doing good work in other countries. Mt. Baptist sponsors an orphanage in Kodaikanal, India, called the James Children’s Home. The orphanage was opened in 1991, when a family was saved from ritualistic suicide. Currently there are 12 children living at the James Children’s home, along with some of its graduates and nurses who work there. Pastor Lawrence says the orphanage is expanding and needs support. Donations can be made to Paul Lawrence Ministries, Inc., 178 Gray Street, Providence RI. Or visit www.ABCORI.com for more information.
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church is located at 262 Academy Ave. Providence, RI, (401) 351-2347