Welcome to the PB Potter Ministries website. I hope you will find information, inspiration and joy here. In my diaconal ministry I have tried to live out the call to serve in the Church and in the world. This commitment is illustrated through the ministries presented on this website.
Deacons are called to study the Holy Scriptures, to seek nourishment from them, and then model our lives upon them. Diaconal Reflections offers an approach to doing this, praying the Lectionary in ways that reflect the commitments of diaconal ministry.
Deacons are called to make Christ and his redemptive love known to those among whom we live, work and worship. The Neighborhood Ministry program, serving the homeless and recently housed friends in our community, has been an effort to proclaim God’s love to the dispossessed and to set an example for compassionate ministry to the needy.
Deacons are called to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world. The words offered in my Gospel and the Grateful Dead book and lecture series represent an effort to bridge gaps between communities of faith and the hippie culture seeking the Spirit but wary of the Church. The music offered on my Pro Bono Publicum CD is offered to the Church and the world in an effort to build linkages of shared commitment to justice and love.
Deacons are called to assist in public worship and in the ministration of God’s word and sacraments. Excerpts from my Sermons reflect my efforts to assist in worship and to call the faithful to service in the world.
The ministries portrayed on this website are by no means a model for anyone’s journey of faith or for clerical or lay ministry. Rather they reflect my own path of service in ways that I hope will gladden the hearts of those who seek to hear and live out the Word and the message of salvation.
PBP Biographical Information
The Rev. Dr. Pitman B. Potter grew up in the Episcopal Church of the U.S., singing in the Washington Cathedral Choir and attending St. Albans School in Washington D.C. In the midst of a professional career as a specialist on Chinese law and politics, Pitman followed a call to ministry as a Vocational Deacon. He received his Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Vancouver School of Theology and was ordained a Deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada (Diocese of New Westminster) in June 2007. He was awarded Recognition of Diaconal Ministry in the Tradition of St. Stephen in 2013 by the Association for Episcopal Deacons. Pitman serves as a Regional Deacon, serving the parishes of St. John’s Shaughnessy, St. Philip’s and St. Anselm’s. Pitman is also Professor of Law at UBC Law Faculty and HSBC Chair in Asian Research at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research (http://www.allard.ubc.ca/faculty-staff/pitman-potter). Pitman feels blessed that his faith journey has brought him to a place where he can learn and grow in God’s love, and work with the Christian community to bring the blessings of God’s truth to others.