Providence Brought Us Here

The mission of the Providence Forum is to preserve, defend and advance the Judeo-Christian values of our nation's founding. As Abraham Lincoln reminds us: We have been the recipient of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God...intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!
The Spirit of the Liberty Bell Event with Providence Forum Providence Forum presents a Bible Box to George W Bush

Our Logo

A Flag

The colors and semblance of the American flag, the freest nation on earth.

A Dove

A dove-like bird flying upwards, towards heaven

A Star

Not the 5-pointed star of our flag, but a 6-pointed Star of David

Our Logo

When you put all of these pieces together, you have the newly created Flag of Providence

Our Sacred Honor
From the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
Duty of Mankind
Benjamin Franklin, 1748
Building of Babel
Benjamin Franklin, 1787
Sacred Writings
Benjamin Franklin, 1787
God Governs in the Affairs of Men
Benjamin Franklin, 1787
The Powerful Friend
Benjamin Franklin, 1787
The Duty of Nations
George Washington, October 3, 1789
The Divine Author
George Washington, June 14, 1783
Reason and Experience
George Washington, September 17, 1796
Religion and Morality
George Washington, September 17, 1796
Our Sacred Honor
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

From the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
Duty of Mankind
It is the duty of mankind on all suitable occasions to acknowledge their dependence on the Divine Being . . .

Benjamin Franklin, 1748
Building of Babel
. . . without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builder of Babel.

Benjamin Franklin, 1787
Sacred Writings
We have been assured sir, in the Sacred Writings that ‘except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.'

Benjamin Franklin, 1787
God Governs in the Affairs of Men
. . . God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?

Benjamin Franklin, 1787
The Powerful Friend
. . . have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?

Benjamin Franklin, 1787
The Duty of Nations
It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.

George Washington, October 3, 1789
The Divine Author
. . . the Divine Author of our blessed religion . . . without an humble imitation of whose example . . . we can never hope to be a happy nation.

George Washington, June 14, 1783
Reason and Experience
. . . And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

George Washington, September 17, 1796
Religion and Morality
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports.

George Washington, September 17, 1796

A Letter From Our President

“...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..”
Dr. Peter A. Lillback

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.

Our Team
  • Dr. Peter A. Lillback President
  • Steven Grant Executive Director
  • John Kenyon, Ch. Lt Col, USAF (ret.) Chief Operation Officer
  • Emily McKenzie Communications Manager
Our Board Members
  • Curtis Cheyney III, Esq. Chairman
  • Alexandra Thompson Treasurer
  • Steven M. Grant
  • Joseph W. Roskos, Esq.
  • Steven Fisher
  • Robert J. Pacienza
  • Larry Musick
  • David Rogers