Potomac Conference

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Story by Potomac Conference Staff

During the 2022 opening address of North American Division's (NAD) year-end meetings, G. Alexander Bryant, NAD president, encouraged leadership across the division to explore opportunities in which “we can maximize and expand our utilization of media.” This need became acute during the pandemic and challenged church members to find their church outside their physical buildings. 

Charles A. Tapp, current Potomac Conference president, was a senior pastor at Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md., when the pandemic hit. Like most pastors across the spectrum of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Tapp gathered his resources and began preaching to empty seats each week. 

Takoma Academy, Potomac Conference, Maya Rawls, Dori Caines, Kevin McCray, Milan Scott, Whitney Mack

Story by Shaun Robinson

This school year, Takoma Academy (TA) welcomed five new members to its teaching staff: two math teachers; a history teacher; an English Language Arts teacher; and an athletic director. Some schools end up with teachers who go into education as a secondary option or who consider the job to be some sort of mitzvah. This group, however, is different. They have truly been called by God to do what they do.

Shenandoah Valley Academy, Don Short, Potomac Conference

Story by Janel Haas Ware

At the recent Shenandoah Valley Academy Senior Dedication, Principal Don Short placed the Class of 2023—made up of 56 seniors—into God’s loving care during his dedication prayer:

Dear Father,

What a tremendous collection of dreams, hopes and desires on the platform this evening. It is with those dreams and desires that we come to you as teachers, administrators, parents, grandparents to ask for Your help.

Potomac Conference, George E. Thornton, Sr., Woodbridge church

Story by Debra Anderson

The Potomac Conference family recently suffered the loss of one of its most prolific preachers, George E. Thornton, Sr.

In October 2021, Thornton was installed as the senior pastor of the Woodbridge (Va.) church. He served the church for just 10 months before his passing.

Thornton embarked on his new appointment with energy and enthusiasm. On his first day, he affectionately renamed the church, “The Bridge.” The members embraced it, seeing the name as a mantra to develop a deeper relationship with the local community.

Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington manages the Piney Branch School Pool, which is available to the community at large. Come celebrate its reopening this Friday, October 14th, from 5:30 to 6:30. The pool has been closed for 30 months due to the pandemic.

Robin Riley, director of Montgomery County Department of Recreation, will speak at the event. Find out more about the facility and what it has to offer, i.e., swim lessons, lap swimming, water aerobics and more. This is the only indoor Montgomery County,25-meter, 6-lane pool inside the Beltway.

There will be a 1-hour flash sale from 5:30-6:30. Get a 12-swim pass for 1/2 price - cash or check only. Collect a small goodie bag before you leave.