Looking back over the past 20 years, it is fitting that the history and meaning of the Providence crest be emphasized once again. In 1997, the Providence crest was designed by the founding Head of School, Mr. Don Barfield. He chose three words wisdom, honor and righteousness to encircle the seal as character traits that the school would emphasize in the development of the Providence students. These words serve as the three main pillars of Providence School. The Bible is the foundation for the pillars and symbolizes God’s word. The cross in the center is the central focus of what we stand for, Jesus Christ. At Providence, we encourage our students to strive for wisdom, honor, and righteousness, to live a life founded on God’s word, and strive to be more like Christ.
Wisdom [sophia sof-ee’-ah] The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy Spirit is understanding. – Proverbs 9:10 Wisdom is not just found in textbooks. It is not gained through study or experience alone, but by seeing the world through the eyes of God. Ask God for wisdom, as it says in Psalms 25:4 Show me thy ways, O Lord; Teach me thy paths.
Honor [timao tim-ah’-o] Webster’s dictionary defines honor as, “a showing of merited respect.” God exemplifies honor because He is perfect; He is the ultimate example. O Lord my God, Thou art very great; thou art clothed with honor and majesty. – Psalms 104:1 We ask God to clothe us with honor.
Righteousness [dikaiosune dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay] Righteousness can be defined as, “moral uprightness.” The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness. – Proverbs 15:9 We strive for righteousness in our lives so that we may reflect Christ.
The Parthenon [Intellectual Superiority] In the early days of Christianity, the Parthenon stood for intellectual superiority and strength. One Parthenon historian stated about the addresses Paul made there, “… no city resisted Christianity as long or with such a sense of intellectual superiority. The pillars of the parthenon remind us that God has called us to be faithful pillars in His house. “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God” (Revelation 3:12).
The Cross [Our Purpose] In the center of the parthenon is the cross. The cross is THE purpose for a life dedicated to Him. Christ’s death upon the Cross was substitutionary”He died in our place! For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit. – 1 Peter 3:18 The cross is the central purpose of Providence and the reason we educate our students from a Christian perspective. When they leave Providence, our students have and will continue to change the culture for the glory of God.
The Bible [Our Foundation] As Christians, no other distinctive is more critical and foundational than biblical authority. We believe the Bible is the Word of God and therefore our absolute and final authority. – 2 Timothy 3:16“17 The challenge for every Christian, then, is to align his or her life to God’s Word”to study it thoroughly (2 Timothy 2:15) and to obey it faithfully (Joshua 1:8).
Olive Branch [Peace and Victory] The olive branch is a symbol of peace and victory. Olive trees and the abundance of oil they produce were significant in the lives of the people of the Bible. The olive naturally became part of the imagery the Bible used to describe God and his people in relationship. The beautiful olive tree branches enrich understanding of God so that we may be as the olive tree was believed to be in Jesus’ day, a “light to the world.”