Providence Brought Us Here
The colors and semblance of the American flag, the freest nation on earth.
A dove-like bird flying upwards, towards heaven
Not the 5-pointed star of our flag, but a 6-pointed Star of David
When you put all of these pieces together, you have the newly created Flag of Providence
A Letter From Our Founder
“...we are seeking to be an organization that reengages and renews the curious seeker as well as the committed citizen in these foundational values and the exciting stories of God's providence in American history..”
Welcome to the Providence Forum. We were born out of a desire to tell the story of America’s founding in the greater Philadelphia area because we discovered that no one was telling that story well. Yes, we know about liberty and freedom, but we’ve entirely overlooked how that liberty and freedom are directly tied to the transcendent values of faith in God.
One of the lost words in our current vocabulary that was prominent and central in our founders’ minds and writings is the word Providence. Providence means that God is active in history. This explains why our American motto is “In God we trust”. From the discovery of America by Columbus to its settling by many different peoples, to the formation of our freedoms through the Sons of Liberty at the Boston tea party, and to the Declaration of Independence and on to our Constitution, we see the role of people of faith with lofty principles influenced by the Judeo Christian belief in providence creating a new nation dedicated to liberty as a nation under God and guided by His truth.
The Providence Forum has sought to tell these stories in books and articles, in public events and also through many different projects including liberty trees, foldable flags, curricula for teachers, and our engaging and highly educational website. Our logo, the Flag of Providence, reminds us that the Spirit of God is still exercising His providence in America as the reshaped American flag flies in the heavens and displays the six pointed star of the Great American seal.
So welcome to the Providence Forum! We seek to engage the curious seeker as well as the committed citizen in America’s foundational values and the exciting stories of God’s providence in America’s history.We want you to become a friend. We want you to become a spokesperson, an articulate communicator, and an intergenerational teacher sharing your discovery of the hidden treasures of American liberty presented to all by the Providence Forum.
Meet Jerry Newcombe, D. Min., our new Executive Director
Dr. Jerry Newcombe serves as the executive director of the Providence Forum, founded by me, for which I serve as president emeritus. The two of us wrote the bestselling book, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (2006). We have also written The Twilight of Liberty (2020).
Jerry also serves as the senior producer and as an on-air host for Truth that Transforms, the flagship television broadcast of D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM). Jerry produces TV segments, co-produces television documentaries, and writes a weekly column for DJKM. His columns appear weekly at WND.COM and often at TOWNHALL.COM, CHRISTIANPOST.COM, NEWSMAX.COM, and other national outlets.
Jerry earned his B.A. in history with honors at Tulane University (1978), his M.A. with honors in communications at Wheaton Graduate School (1983), and his D. Min. (Doctorate of Ministry) from Knox Theological Seminary (2008). Dr. Newcombe wrote his thesis on the importance of America’s Christian heritage and how pastors and laypeople can pass on that heritage. He later developed his thesis into his book, The Book That Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation (2009).
For D. James Kennedy Ministries, Jerry has produced or co-produced more than 80 television documentaries dealing with a variety of issues from a Christian perspective. This includes programs on America’s Christian roots.
Jerry is the author or co-author of 33 books, some of which have now been translated into several different foreign languages. His books include 17 written with Dr. D. James Kennedy, the best known being What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (1994).
Dr. Newcombe’s love for history and keen interest in America’s Christian founding is also reflected in other books he has written, including: Answers from the Founding Fathers (2011); The Book That Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation (2009), which has now been translated into Chinese; American Amnesia (2018); A New Birth of Freedom; and with Dr. Mark Beliles, Doubting Thomas: The Religious Life and Legacy of Thomas Jefferson (2014). With Dr. David Gibbs, Jr. (founder of the Christian Law Association), Jerry co-authored One Nation Under God: Ten Things Every Christian Should Know About the Founding of America (2003).
Jerry has appeared on numerous talk shows to discuss his books or specials. These include: Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher (ABC-TV), In the Market with Janet Parshall, The Eric Metaxas Show, and Point of View. He has also appeared on Moody Radio, TBN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, and C-Span2’s “Book Notes.”
Jerry is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA), and serves as an assistant pastor at New Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Wilton Manors, FL.
Jerry and his wife Kirsti from Norway have been happily married since June 28, 1980. They have two children and three grandchildren. The Newcombes reside in South Florida.
- Dr. Peter A. Lillback President
- Steven Grant Executive Director
- John Kenyon, Ch. Lt Col, USAF (ret.) Chief Operation Officer
- Emily McKenzie Communications Assistant
- Curtis Cheyney III, Esq. Chairman
- Joseph W. Roskos, Esq. Treasurer
- Alexandra Thompson
- Steven M. Grant
- Steven Fisher
- Robert J. Pacienza
- Larry Musick
- David Rogers
- Robert Westman