James Monroe Potts – Director of Family Ministries

James Monroe Potts serves as our first ever Director of Family Ministries.
Here are some fun facts about James Monroe Potts:
  • Where did you grow up, and what do you remember most about that time?
    I was born and raised in the small town of Danville, IL. People have mentioned to me they know of Danville because that is where Dick Van Dyke is from. One of the things I remember most about my childhood is going to my Granny’s house almost every weekend. I especially remember spending time at her house for the Sweetcorn Festival which happens every Labor Day weekend. It was always so much fun going to the parade to collect as much candy as we could, then go to the park for the midway rides and walking through the classic car show with my dad.
  • What other work did you do before you came to your current work at First Presbyterian?
    Before coming to First Presbyterian, I did an internship at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center as a chaplain. Before doing that internship I was living in Chicago attending McCormick Theological Seminary working on a Masters of Divinity. I have also worked in youth ministries, child care, and retail throughout my life.
  • What motivates you in your work here at the church, and what do you like most about what you do?
    I think what motivates me most is the energy and excitement I feel from all of the ministries here at First Presbyterian. There is so much activity across the campuses, I know I can feel it. I think the things I like most about what I do are getting to know everyone and also sharing my story, my faith journey with people in such a way that gets them to see something new or different about how great our God is.
  • What does your faith mean to you? How does it help you in your daily life?
    My faith is a huge part of who I am. My faith helps me daily in how I interact with people I meet, it informs how I make decisions, and it helps me take things I’ve learned in Sunday School, worship, and seminary and put those things into action.
  • What are some of the things you like to do, hobbies, favorite shows, other activities?
    In my free time I like to be creative. I enjoy sewing and quilting, baking and cooking. I also enjoy playing piano when I have the chance. Some of my favorite TV shows are: The Golden Girls, Father Brown, Grantchester, The Vicar of Dibley, and The Great British Baking Show. I also enjoy getting out and exploring and trying new things.

You can reach James Monroe at jpotts@fpcoh.org

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