Alabama Baptist messengers adopt resolution honoring David Potts
by Mary Amelia Taylor
On November 13, messengers to the Alabama Baptist State Convention’s annual meeting, held this year at First Baptist Church in Trussville, Ala., adopted a resolution in honor of Judson’s late President, Dr. David E. Potts.
“RESOLUTION NO. 4 : On Gratitude for the Life of David Potts” expressed the messengers’ appreciation for life and service of Potts, who served Judson College for 28 years as President, and who supported Christian higher education “in an academic world that continually trends toward secularism”.
Potts often said, “An education without faith is only half an education.” He lived this commitment every day, infusing each campus initiative with unwavering faith and inspiring faculty, staff, and students to follow the example of Christ in leading by serving others. Potts was wholeheartedly committed to Judson’s being, in the words of founder Milo P. Jewett, “a place of Christ”.
Potts also spoke often about “Christian higher education, especially for young women”, and the Convention’s resolution fittingly spoke to his belief in the world-changing abilities of women: “Dr. Potts steadfastly affirmed the contributions of women to answer the surging problems of a society that remains in desperate need of right solutions.”
The resolution noted the impact of Potts’s approach of educating, supporting, and empowering young women for purposeful lives in “the achievements of Judson graduates”, growth of the college’s academic program offerings, improvements to campus facilities, and growth of the college’s endowment during his tenure.
The resolution also highlighted Potts’s advocacy for people in the Black Belt of Alabama; among his numerous community involvements, he established Judson’s Faith-Based Service and Learning (FBSL) program, which “took students out of the classroom and involved them in opportunities of ministry in Perry County and throughout the world.” Potts regularly served the people of Perry County alongside students in FBSL service initiatives, with fellow church members at Siloam Baptist Church, and alongside community leaders on the boards of non-profit organizations such as Marion-based Sowing Seeds of Hope.
Judson is deeply grateful to this year’s Convention messengers for honoring Dr. Potts in this way. The full resolution (No. 4) text may be found on the Alabama State Board of Mission’s website.
PHOTO: Messengers during the Alabama Baptist Convention’s memorial service, which featured a presentation on Potts. Photo by Susan Jones, Senior Vice President and Dean of Students.