I grew up as a product of the Chicago area public school system. I had some teachers who were conservative and helpful, and others who did their best to dispel belief in Biblical “absolutes” and promote a humanist way of thinking.

Though having little spiritual direction at home, God used a Sunday school bus route and a local Awana club in my life. After accepting Christ as my personal Savior, I was able to get involved in a good Bible-believing church and youth group. Still, there were conflicts with what I was getting at school through the week and what I was hearing in church.

In high school I got involved in dramatic programs and enjoyed them so much I helped found a community theater with the idea that I’d probably go on to a professional career in speech and drama, but God had other plans for my life.

He allowed me to attend Bob Jones University, showing me in those college years that I needed to surrender my life to serve others instead of myself, and led me to major in speech education.

In the early 1970’s there was lots of excitement about the growing Christian school movement, and I knew I could freely teach the Truth, prepare students to preach it through speech classes, and illustrate it through dramatic productions. (In the public school system there were, surprisingly in that day of “anything goes,” many restrictions on what could be said or presented in a speech or drama program. If what a teacher did even sounded “religious” it was ridiculed, discouraged or even forbidden.) I was excited to know that God could use me to make a difference in someone else’s life.

After college, I taught two years in a Christian school in Ypsilanti, Michigan, before working with the Academy of Arts ministry for over eight years, traveling across the country using Bible-based programs in hundreds of schools and churches.

After completing graduate work and getting married to a wonderful woman of like mind and faith, God led us to Faith Baptist Schools, where, for thirty years now, He has abundantly blessed. Looking back, I can truly say, “Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to use what little I have to serve you.”

Jim Potter
HS Speech, History, and English



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