Rev. Turhan L. Potter, Sr., Pastor

 
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    Wednesday  12 noon 
 
 
 
       
 
 
 

Pastor Turhan L. Potter, Sr. is the son of Charles and Demetria Potter. He is a native of Dorchester County Maryland. He has one brother, Charles Potter Jr. and one sister, Sherron Potter. Pastor Potter is a 1996 graduate of North Dorchester High School, a December 2001graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education, and a 2006 graduate of Wesley Theological Seminarywith a Master of Divinity Degree. Reverend Potter is currently pursuing an earned Doctorate in Education at Grand Canyon University, in Phoenix Arizona. His degree focus is organizational leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education. Reverend Potter will be attending Notre Dame University of Maryland in the fall of 2019 to pursue a Master of Science Degree in contemporary communication.

Notably, while attending UMES he had a chance to perform with the UMES Concert Choir in the United States and abroad. He has traveled to New York, Miami Florida, Trinidad Tobago, and London England where he performed James Weldon Johnson's "God's Trombones". He has also traveled to South Africa with seminarians from Wesley Theological Seminary as part of a cross cultural immersion. Pastor Potter has served as a mentor in the Wicomico and Dorchester County School Systems. Moreover, he was blessed with the opportunity to teach 8th grade Social Studies at Maces Lane Middle School in Cambridge MD. Pastor Potter also had the privilege to conduct worship services and bible study for troubled young men at the Morning Star Youth Academy in Woolford, MD. Many young people were saved and baptized under his ministry.
 
Additionally, Pastor Potter was also employed by the Prince George's County Public School System as a High School Vocal Music and Piano teacher at Gwynn Park High School teaching grades nine through twelve and serving as the Chair of the Music Department. He resigned these positions in June 2008. Pastor Potter has served as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Communications, Arts and Humanities at the College of Southern Maryland for the Prince Frederick and Leonardtown, Maryland Campuses. Moreover, he has served as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Arts and Humanities, and the Student Services Department at '
Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury Maryland. Currently, Reverend Potter is serving as an
Adjunct Professor in the Department of English and Communications at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold Maryland. In August of this year, Pastor Potter was selected by
the Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Deidra Dennie, to be one of this year's Diversity Faculty Fellows of Anne Arundel Community College. Reverend Potter is also a member of the National Communication Association (NCA) and the Eastern Communication Association (ECA).
 
Christian Heritage
Pastor Potter's early Christian experience began in the National Church of God under the leadership of the Reverend Howard Spencer. As time progressed he began attending Mt Zion United Methodist Church with his mother, where he later joined. During his stay he was blessed to be under the pastoral leadership of the Rev. Frank Robinson, Rev. Dr. Jefferson Labala, and the Rev. Elaine Ayres. Through visions and dreams by God, Pastor Potter felt the call into the ordained ministry which was confirmed by Rev. Labala at Thompson's Chapel United Methodist Church at the eleven o'clock worship service. After his call was confirmed Pastor Potter began the candidacy process towards the ordained ministry.
 
During his ministry in The United Methodist Church, Reverend Potter served as pastor for four years. Within those four years he pastored three churches (Christ Rock, Jefferson & St. Paul) which would later merge and become New Revived United Methodist Church. During his tenure the membership tripled in size.
 
By the leading of the Holy Spirit Pastor Potter joined New Second Baptist Church in Washington
D.C where the Reverend Eugene M. Pearson was the Pastor. While at New Second Baptist Church, Pastor Potter was licensed and ordained to the gospel ministry and served as the Minister of Information and Technology. Pastor Potter is also the former Senior Pastor of Walker Memorial Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., Hunger & Thirst Praise and Worship Center, Bowie Maryland and Greater Christian Fellowship in Cambridge Maryland. In July of 2015, Pastor Potter began serving as an Elder on loan to The United Methodist Church within the Peninsula-Delaware Conference; serving as Pastor of a growing congregation: NEW United Methodist Church in Chest er, Maryland. Since pastoring at NEW, the membership has increased tremendously, and several ministries have been implemented and/or revamped to handle the growth at the church. Reverend Potter has taught leadership courses on the district and conference level. Just recently, Reverend Potter was the guest lecturer at last year's laity session for the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference; held at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
 
Pastor Potter is married to the Reverend Monica Diane Potter. They have two children: a daughter Alyssa Diane, and a son Turhan Lamont, Jr, (TJ). He and his family currently reside in Chester, Maryland . The scripture that Reverend Potter considers dear to his heart is 1 Corinthians 2:9 "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."