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Anne Potter

Anne started in WWRT in March 2015, and is team vicar with responsibility for Alfrick & Lulsley, Leigh & Bransford, and Suckley. We asked her to write a mini-autobiography…

Anne Potter, the team vicar for Alfrick, Leigh and Suckley

Rev. Anne Potter, the team vicar for Alfrick, Leigh and Suckley

I was born in Lilongwe, Nyasaland (now Malawi) in Central Africa where I spent my childhood of which a great deal of it was spent on Scottish mission stations (my father was a teacher not a missionary). I came to UK to live when I was ten years old.

Over the past fifty years I have lived in Warwick, Highgate (North London), Potters Bar (Herts), South Africa, Muswell Hill (North London), Singapore, Bognor Regis, Salford Priors, Offenham and now Leigh.  I went to seven primary schools and two secondary schools.

My first career was in Public Relations, which included editing a magazine for the food industry, and later I edited the British Club Magazine in Singapore. I did a BA degree through the Open University, which I started in this country and finished in Singapore.  Before going to Singapore I took on the role of a church community worker for the URC, which entailed identifying the needs of the local community and then project-managing the adaptation of a set of halls for disabled and pre-school use.  On my return to UK from Singapore I trained, and worked for a while, as a Primary School teacher.  When we moved to the Midlands I re-trained as a bookkeeper and helped run my husband Mike’s engineering business.

In 2006 I bought and ran my own Village Shop and Post Office in Offenham.  While living in Salford Priors I trained as a Reader in the Church of England, and then some eighteen months after moving to Offenham – and some persuading! – I answered God’s call to be an ordained priest. The next five years saw me doing my part-time training at Queen’s Theological College in Birmingham followed by a three year, almost full-time curacy in the benefice of Badsey and Aldington, Offenham and Bretforton,  whilst running my business. I was able to manage this because of God’s amazing grace, my supportive staff and my patient husband.  I have four lovely children, a step-son Justin, a son Paul and two daughters Claire and Helen who have all left the nest.

God has now gracefully landed me as the Team Vicar of the WWRT.  I am enormously privileged to be in a position to walk beside people in their joy and their sorrow, as well as having numerous opportunities to share God’s love, as revealed through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, in word and action with the people I meet in my day to day life.