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First Moderator Candidate Named
04 May 1996 20:40:53
95343 First Moderator Candidate Named
for 208th General Assembly
by Alexa Smith
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--A California pastor has been endorsed as the first
candidate for moderator of the 208th General Assembly, slated to convene in
Albuquerque, N.M., in July.
The Rev. Norman D. Pott, Ph.D., has been endorsed by First
Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, Calif., and the Presbytery of the
According to the Rev. Brian Tippen, executive of Redwoods Presbytery,
Pott's nomination was supported by a "very strong majority." Tippen said
Potts is known as a compassionate leader with a broad vision of the church
who sees the need to continually define mission for a new period. "He
knows pastoral ministry ... he knows congregational life and the challenges
there," Tippen told the Presbyterian News Service.
Pott earned his bachelor of arts in Bible from Wheaton College. In
his senior year, he was named to the National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) All-America basketball team and was a
sixth-round draft choice of the Philadelphia 76ers. Pott instead chose to
enter Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned a bachelor of
divinity in 1957, and the Ph.D. was conferred on him by the University of
Edinburgh in Scotland three years later.
Currently serving his ninth year as senior pastor at First
Presbyterian Church in San Rafael, Pott has also served several other
congregations on the West Coast, including Central Presbyterian Church in
Eugene, Ore.; Community Presbyterian Church in Davis, Calif.; and First
Presbyterian Church in Berkeley.
He was the first moderator of the Presbytery of the Cascades in 1973.
According to Pott, the basic issue in the church right now is "whether
we are going to move forward or stand still.
"I feel there's a lot of discouragement in the church because of
diminishing numbers and dollars. But I tend to see the church as being led
by the risen Christ ... and the basic mood of the church should be one of
celebration," Pott said, insisting that Christians must simultaneously
reckon with the reality that the church is surrounded by a society that is
indifferent or even resistant to its mission and message. "What that
means," he said, "is that the mission of the church is not only somewhere
across the world but immediately outside the church door."
Pott describes the local congregation as "where the action is," and
says the denomination's resources need to be more deliberately directed
there. "It's a time of high adventure," he told the Presbyterian News
Service. "[Our] mission has come to the doorstep of the church."
Pott is a member of the adjunct faculty of San Francisco Theological
Seminary, has served on the board of trustees at Princeton Theological
Seminary and is a life trustee at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore.
He and his wife, Enid, live in San Rafael and are the parents of four
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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