Born Benjamin Allen Potter in Marshall, Texas, Benjie grew up throughout northeast Texas, claiming Mesquite as his hometown. Part of the Mighty Maroon Band from Skeeterland, he has a love for music that includes listening, singing, and playing various instruments (with varying degrees of ineptitude).

Benjie said Yes to Jesus the very first time as a six-year-old preacher’s kid in Cason, Texas. He has had opportunity to say yes in several different ways since that time. He has been a Youth Minister, an Associate Pastor (with responsibilities in education and youth), a music minister, a missions minister, a bi-vocational pastor, an international missionary, and currently serves as the Senior Pastor of a Southern Baptist Church in Illinois. During these ministry years, he’s served churches in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois. He has had the privilege of preaching in pulpits from Wyoming to Tennessee as well as in the states mentioned previously.

A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Benjie has studied at Howard Payne University where he earned his Texas Teacher Certification. He has taught English and Reading in Texas schools in a 7th grade classroom as well as on the 9th and 10th grade levels. His teaching experience also includes teaching Seminary Extension classes in the US and English as a Second (Foreign) Language (ESL/EFL) classes in Ukraine.

Benjie is the author of two books self-published through Loom & Wheel Publishing. Something Special at Leonard’s Inn is a fictional account of what might have happened the night Christ was born, and Just a Simple Carpenter asks the question, “What was going through Joseph’s mind when he was chosen to be the earthly guardian of God’s son?” The two novellas have been collected into one volume, Two for Christmas, which is available in hardcover or paperback from Loom & Wheel Publishing at Lulu.com.

 Benjie met his wife, Hannah, while they were both experiencing missionary orientation outside of Richmond, VA. They were married eight months later and served together to plant churches among a Muslim people group in the former Soviet Union. They have been blessed with three children–Joanna, Curtis, and Caty.

5 Responses to “Meet the Wondering Ponderer”


  1. […] Benjamin Potter Sr. Pastor, First Baptist Church of Mulberry Grove August 28, 2007 […]


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  3. cliffordlanemark Says:

    Hi Benjamin,

    At your request, I’ve mailed you a copy of the novel Ecumensus – The Next Vision. I hope you enjoy it, of course, and that you see a role for it in an emerging spiritual landscape.

    Clifford Lane Mark

  4. Misha Says:

    Benjamin,I am very impressed with your blog and how much time you have put into making it speak God’s Word. I just released my blog http://awalkoffaith.wordpress.com and am excited about how God will use it to transform the hearts of men and women who are hungry for the Word and are ready to walk with Him. It would mean the world to me if you could check out my blog and share it with those around you.

    God bless and thank you for taking the time to look at my blog.
    Michelle Jensen

    P. S.
    Do you have any prayer requests for your blog?


  5. Hi Benjie,

    I trust that you got my Thank You email before Christmas for your help in posting about this research.
    I am delighted that my doctoral research has been published and is now available.
    It can be a vital resource for those wounded in the church as well as for many church leaders. I pray that God uses it to make an impact on this harmful dysfunction in the church.

    I wanted you to know that I referenced your assistance by placing your name/website information in the Acknowledgements of my book: ‘Spiritual Abuse Recovery: Dynamic Research on Finding a Place of Wholeness’.

    People can purchase a copy of the book by contacting me at: info@churchexiters.com.

    I have book information on my website: http://www.churchexiters.com.

    I am wondering if you could help me in getting the word out by posting information on your site about the availability of my book. Your help would be appreciated. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Here are a few samples of what others have posted.

    Weary Pilgrim http://thewearypilgrim.typepad.com/the_weary_pilgrim/2009/12/index.html

    Futurist Guy
    http://futuristguy.wordpress.com/2010/01/01/spiritual-abuse-recovery-book-by-dr-barb-orlowski-published/

    Prodigal Kiwis
    http://prodigal.typepad.com/prodigal_kiwi/2010/01/spiritual-abuse-recovery-amongst-church-leavers.htm

    Thanks a bunch.

    Dr. Barb Orlowski

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