he island of Providenciales, and even more so if you consider the entirety of the Turks and Caicos, has one of the highest church per person ratios in the world.
On Providenciales, many of the island’s churches are found in one of the three original settlements of Blue Hills, The Bight, and Five Cays.
Churches Throughout the Turks and Caicos
Providenciales did not support the thriving sea salt industries that Grand Turk, Salt Cay, and South Caicos had, and likewise never had the extensive Loyalist cotton and sisal plantations of North Caicos and Middle Caicos, so consequently the income to the island in past centuries was never great.
Churches of the time were often a reflection of the present society and economic stability, and until the advent of the modern tourism industry in the 1980s Providenciales was a very quiet island and simply couldn’t afford to build the larger places of worship that were constructed on the salt producing islands.
Grand Turk is home to many historical churches, some of which were constructed from Bermudian cut limestone and tropical hardwoods.
The Turks and Caicos has long been a British territory, so from the 1700s to 1866 the Anglican Church was sponsored (to a small degree) by the government.
Unlike the colonial-era churches on Grand Turk, South Caicos, and Salt Cay, nearly all of the Providenciales places of worship are modern. Today, the largest churches in the country are found on Providenciales, and include such sites as the Faith Tabernacle Church of God and the Holy Cross Catholic Church near Downtown, and the Paradise Baptist Church in Five Cays.
Churches on Providenciales
Paradise Baptist Church is located in the community of Five Cays. This church is one of the largest churches in the Turks and Caicos.
Headed by Reverend Bernard Been, this Anglican/Episcopal church is located along Leeward Highway near the Downtown area of Providenciales.
Bethany Baptist Church is headed by Derek Hamilton and is located along the seafront in the community of Blue Hills, Providenciales.
New Testament Church of God, a large church located in Blue Hills and near Kew Town on Providenciales.
Faith Tabernacle Church of God is a large church and is located on Leeward Highway near Downtown Providenciales.
This Catholic denomination church is headed by Reverend Luis Orlando González and is located on Leeward Highway, near Downtown, Providenciales. Services are offered in English (Saturday and Sunday), and also Spanish and Haitian Creole (Sunday).
This Seventh-Day Adventist denomination church is headed by Senior Pastor Michael A. Smith. It's located in Blue Hills, Providenciales, with a membership of around 700.
The Jericho Baptist Church is located in the Bight Community in central Providenciales.
Church of God of Prophecy is a Baptist church located in the residential community of Five Cays right along the beach. It's one of the largest churches in this community.
The Providenciales Circuit of the Methodist Church is located on Leeward Highway, near the Downtown area.
The Providenciales location of this millenarian restorationist Christian denomination is located in the Turtle Cove area. Affiliated churches are located on North Caicos and also Grand Turk.