Potts Moving to Pastor in Alberta

Dr. Jeff Potts, Executive Secretary of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan (Man-Sask) Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, has accepted a call to be the Senior Pastor of the College Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church on the campus of Burman University in College Heights, Alberta.

“We’re excited to go but we’re sad to leave,” says Pastor Potts.  “We love the people of the Man-Sask Conference.”

Pastor Potts has served in the Man-Sask Conference for 18 years, starting in 1999 when he became Senior Pastor of the Henderson Highway Church in Winnipeg. With his characteristic wry smile Pastor Potts noted “I followed Pastor Ron Sydenham when I went to Henderson Hwy.  So its kind of unique to follow Ron twice.  I have a lot of respect for Pastor Ron. Going to College Heights Church, I will have big shoes to fill.”

Church planting has long been a passion of Pastor Potts. He led the Henderson Highway Church to plant 4 churches in 4 years, from 2003 to 2006.  During those years Henderson and her 4 daughter churches baptized over 200 people. With his extensive church planting experience and Doctor of Ministry degree in Evangelism and Church Growth, Dr. Potts has been a sought-after speaker and teacher in the area of church planting and church growth.

When asked how he and his wife Nancy decided to move, Pastor Potts simply replied, “God called us and we said yes.” Then he added, “Nancy and I have really missed pastoral ministry.  We’re also excited about serving on the campus of Burman University where we can help shape the lives of young pastors.”

It doesn’t hurt that 2 of their 4 daughters live in the area, as well as their first grand-daughter and a second one who will be born April 13.

Dr. Potts began serving as Executive Secretary for Man-Sask in 2012.  He has fulfilled this role with gentle wisdom, humble passion and a sensitivity to the history and culture of Man-Sask, given his many years of serving its members.

Dr. Jeff and Nancy Potts

Dr. Jeff and Nancy Potts

Man-Sask President, Dr. David Ripley says, “Dr. Potts has given 18 years of his life and ministry to the Man-Sask Conference so we owe him a debt of gratitude for his service. His passion for lost people and love of ministry have been a great blessing. I am sure that he and the other part of the pastoral team, Nancy, will be missed by many friends all around the Conference.”

The transition timeline is still undetermined but will likely happen this summer sometime. We will provide more details as they become available.