Dick Potts – Elder Emeritus

My professional career was electrical power engineering involving large electrical rotating machinery. What was missing was a deeper relationship with Jesus that I had intermittently embraced as a child. I realized that I needed greater Biblical understanding through a more meaningful study of God’s Scripture. Wanting more knowledge of God’s Truth, my wife Ruth and I, along with our three teenagers, left a large denominational church and joined Elmbrook Church. Later, I served as a founding elder of Westbrook Church in Delafield, where I was an administrative elder for 10 years. Then, along with other elders, I began teaching congregational adult Bible classes.

Mission outreach overseas, and at home, was a priority for Ruth and me. One summer we traveled to Latvia where Ruth taught English in a Russian Bible college. I led Bible studies in pastoral homes. We also hosted a home Bible Study Fellowship for well over 20 years.

Ruth and I began attending S.H.C. in 2005. In 2009, the congregation called and ordained the initial administrative elders. In 2010, the administrative elders were asked to shepherd and teach from the pulpit. It has been my joy and privilege to assist in shepherding the S.H.C. flock with my fellow elders, and sharing from the pulpit these past 12 years.

I have served the Lord in the capacity of elder for over 40 years. In 2021, I turned 90 . . . surrounded by my immediate beloved family of faith and some of their progeny, along with brothers and sisters in Christ from various churches. After a time of prayer and reflection, I have now retired from proactive eldership, and serve as an elder in more of a support role.

In June of 2012, my beloved wife Ruth, of 54½ years, went eternally to Jesus after years of challenging health. Even after her passing, her legacy continues to grow. We have been abundantly blessed with a loving family of 3 children. They have gifted us with 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. I continue to focus on serving God’s people and reaching the lost, until the day I joyfully join my Lord Jesus Christ, along with my beloved wife.

Dick & Ruth Potts