Sunday, December 1, 2013

Elder James Potter: He Preached in Readfield on His Way to Paris

James Potter, of Topsham and Bowdoin (Potterstown), was converted from the Congregational faith to Baptist at age 48. He ended up a Baptist missionary who traveled throughout the central district of Maine starting in the late 1700's. Prior to that there were no Baptists or ministers in that order in Maine except in York County. One of the towns he preached in was Readfield – barely more than a settlement at the time. He later embraced Rev. Isaac Case as a colleague. Case was responsible for building the first church in Readfield in 1792 (see this web site for more about Case).   Elder James Potter’s name appears in town histories throughout central Maine and as far west as Oxford County. He preached in Readfield on his way to Paris - Maine that is.

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