Grace Harbor | Providence Church

Elders/Pastors

Elders/pastors are men in the church who, according to scripture, are to devote themselves to the ministry of the word and prayer (Acts 6:4). Their qualifications are laid out in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.

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Kevin McKay, lead pastor
Kevin grew up in Northern Virginia where he came to see himself as a sinner in need of a savior under the ministry of Hamilton Baptist Church. After high school, he moved to Tennessee where he received a degree in Communications from Carson-Newman College. There, he met his wonderful wife, Melissa, and they married in 2003. He attended that school from a distance while working on staff at a church in Knoxville, TN, as a student minister. There, he and his wife were involved in inner-city ministry with high school students. In 2006 Kevin and Melissa moved to Washington D.C., where Kevin was a part of the internship program and then the staff of Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Kevin was sent out by Capitol Hill Baptist Church in August 2008 to Providence, RI, to become the pastor of Grace Harbor Church. He completed his formal theological training at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Kevin and Melissa are thankful for the family that God has given them in Grace Harbor, and happy to call Providence home. They live in Elmhurst with their three children: Silas, Titus, and Malia.

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Travis Rymer, elder/associate pastor
Travis and his wife Rebeca originally come to us from Chattanooga, TN. They met working at Sam’s Club and have three children (two boys and a girl). He was educated at The Criswell College (BA Biblical Studies, 2002) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MA Old Testament, MA Biblical Languages, 2008). He had the privilege of learning from the pastors at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC as a pastoral intern following seminary. After a short stint in his home town, he and his family moved to Providence, RI in 2010. In addition to serving as an associate pastor here among Grace Harbor, Travis serves under the North American Mission Board as The Protestant Minister at Johnson & Wales University. Travis and his family reside in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Providence.

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Chap Bettis, elder/pastor

Chap grew up in Alabama, but after attending Brown University, felt called to plant a church in New England. After planting and pastoring that church for 25 years, he felt God’s clear call to establish The Apollos Project, a ministry which equips parents to disciple their children. He is the author of  The Disciple-Making Parent: Raising Your Children to Love and Follow Jesus Christ, other materials on family, evangelism and apologetics, as well as blog articles for The Gospel Coalition. He and his wife Sharon have four grown children: Kara, Chapman, Rebekah, and Nate. Chap and Sharon live in Cumberland RI. In his free time, Chap likes to ski, bicycle, read, and try new Providence restaurants.

Ian Johnson, elder/pastor

Ian grew up in southern New Jersey. After completing a bachelor’s degree at Bryant University in RI, Ian took a job driving long hours for a trucking company. In January 2007, during those long hours of driving, he was confronted with the good news of Jesus through listening to Christian talk radio and gave his life to Christ. He has not been the same since. Ian served for several years as a deacon at Grace Harbor and began serving as a pastor in August of 2017. Ian is husband to Jessica and daddy to their four children Anthony, Luke, Ethan, and Samantha. He and his family live in Smith Hill in Providence.