Providence Regular Predestinarian (Primitive) Baptist Church,
15010 W. Howardsville Road, Lena, Illinois 61048

(In the community known as Howardsville, West Point Township, Stephenson County, Illinois)

This property has been obtained by the Primitive Baptists, as of August 10, 2016. Restoration work at the site is now underway.

History of the Providence "Old Stone" Church

The details of the constitution of Providence Church are presently unknown, except that the obituary of Joseph Wilson state that he was a charter member. It is probable that the church was formed by members dismissed from Mt. Pleasant Church near South Wayne, Lafayette Co., Wisconsin, which in turn had been organized by members dismissed from Little Flock Church at Scales Mound, JoDaviess County, Illinois. It is also possible that Providence Church was organized by members who withdrew from Yellow Creek Church, of the Rock River Association, but the evidence of that is very speculative. At any rate, there is proof that Providence Church had been organized by 1860 or earlier.

The obituary of Bro. Murray Howard states that during the time the church was without a meeting house, they met in his house. The obituary of Bro. Ward B. Howard states that he united with the church in 1868, and was baptized by Elder Isaac N. Vanmeter, and a few years later helped build the stone church on one corner of his farm, and named it Providence. It is probable the cemetery had been started several years before the stone church was built.