FORMER PHOTO-JOURNALIST IS NEW MINISTER FOR IPSWICH ROAD UNITED REFORMED CHURCH (URC for short)
Former news photographer, Rev John Potter, is to become the next minister at Ipswich Road URC He will also have responsibility for Princes St URC in Norwich .He is due to arrive in the summer, and will have primary responsibility for Ipswich Road URC and Princes St URC.
Congregations from the group of seven churches in and around Norwich agreed in early February to call John to serve alongside existing ministers in the group: Rev’d Bruno Boldrini and Norwich Area URC Group Leader, Rev Ian Fosten.
John, aged 55, is married to Pauline – also a URC minister – and they have a son who is taking A levels this summer.
After school in Colchester, John trained as a press photographer and worked for local newspapers in Coventry and Birmingham and for a news agency that covered the Midlands for the national press.
During this time he was a part of URC congregations in Coventry and Birmingham, eventually serving as an elder. In 2000 the family moved to Gloucester where Pauline was ordained as a minister after training at Westminster College, Cambridge. John began training for the ministry through the ecumenical programme at Queen’s College, Birmingham in 2002.
In 2007, John was called to an ecumenical team ministry in Thamesmead, South-east London and then in 2011 John and Pauline began a shared ministry with a group of churches in Leicester. Following the merger of congregations in 2015, John continued to serve that pastorate as sole minister.
In response to questions asked by members of the congregations, John said that he is at ease with a variety of worship styles and he enjoys working with children and young people.
John said: “I am very excited about moving to Norwich and am looking forward to supporting Ipswich Road URC’s involvement in the community on Eaton Rise and Tuckswood. I am also looking forward to helping the Princes St URC congregation develop a vibrant ministry based in the redeveloped building in the city centre.”
John enjoys family life and taking his Labrador, Toby, for walks. He retains a keen interest in photography, enjoys cinema and music – popular and folk, in particular – and enjoys playing the djembe (an African drum).
The Norwich Area URC churches also include Trinity and St Peter’s Jessop Road (URC/Methodist) in Norwich, Wymondham, Wroxham & Hoveton and Mattishall.