St. Thomas Lutheran Church
The Reverend David E. Potter
Pastor David Potter is currently an Outpatient Addiction Counselor for Hanley Center at Origins in West Palm Beach, FL. He has served as an Interim Pastor for St. Stephen in Pompano Beach, FL. He has also served as pastor at St. John in Lake Park, FL; First Lutheran in Worthington, MN; and Salem in St. Cloud, MN. He has been a spiritual care counselor for Caron’s Hanley Center, and for Hazelden addiction treatment facilities in Minnesota and Florida. Pastor Potter has been a chaplain for two VA Medical Centers in Minnesota, and has been an advocate for innovative confirmation ministry. He has led mission trips to West Virginia and northern Mexico.
He graduated with a Master of Divinity from Luther Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul, MN and has been an ordained pastor in the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) and the ELCA since 1985. His bachelor’s degree is in Arts Administration from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.
He is married to David King and currently lives in Boynton Beach. He has two adult children, and three grandchildren living in Minnesota.
St. Thomas was incorporated in 1968. As a mission church, St. Thomas was commissioned by the Florida Synod to ascertain whether or not the area of our present parish boundaries would support the presence of another ELCA congregation. Following many hundreds of family and neighborhood contacts, St. Thomas was given the blessings of the FL Synod, and a charter was granted. The name, St. Thomas Lutheran Church,was decided upon because in the minds of the Synod body there was “doubt” that a new Lutheran Church would succeed.
In the past 30 plus years since her founding, St. Thomas has been served by five Pastors; her current shepherd, the Rev.David Potter became our interim spiritual leader in May 2017. St Thomas membership peaked in 1992. Then Hurricane Andrew caused measurable demographic changes in South Florida, and St. Thomas was not spared. The closing of Homestead AFB, and subsequent relocation of many of her members, saw a resulting downsizing of St. Thomas’ flock. We have made a measurable recovery, and are serving our Lord and community with a confident and positive attitude. Come worship with us and enjoy the spiritual growth our congregation offers.