*THE POTTER'S WHEEL IS LOCATED AT 333 JEFFERSON AVE, EVANSVILLE IN
PHONE: (812) 401-4440 FAX: 401-4442
Mission Statement - The Potter’s Wheel lives out Jesus’ Great Commission to go and make disciples of Christ and to be a place of rest and strength for inner-city Evansville. We achieve this objective by providing for the spiritual, physical, emotional, and educational needs of those in inner-city Evansville.
Located on the borders of Indiana and Kentucky and within 25 miles of Illinois, The Potter's Wheel is one of the fastest growing ministries in the tri-state area. In 2003 with an aging congregation and sparse attendance, First Cumberland Presbyterian Church was scheduled to close. As a gift of generosity to the inner city neighborhood where it was located, First Cumberland gave its church and grounds to Evansville’s Oak Hill Christian Center (OHCC).
The neighborhood around the church campus was in decline and had become known for drugs, prostitution, and other criminal activity. OHCC had a desire to transform the neighborhood into a thriving community, and in 2003, The Potter’s Wheel Ministries began as an outreach of OHCC ministry. The Potter’s Wheel Ministries began an Adopt-a-Block program in which volunteers began going door-to-door every Saturday to meet families in the neighborhood – to assess needs, provide assistance, make referrals to other social service agencies when appropriate and to pray with neighbors. As a result of feedback from the families served, a clothing bank, food pantry and soup kitchen were organized to meet basic physical needs in the surrounding community. Sunday afternoon worship services began on Easter Sunday 2004.
The Potter's Wheel Ministries was organized as a separate entity from OHCC and became incorporated on October 6, 2003; it received 501(c)3 status in June 2004. With a solid organizational structure in place, The Potter’s Wheel was able to focus on program expansion, and currently offers eight programs to support spiritual, physical, emotional, and educational development. To further their education and/or to obtain better employment, GED classes assist area adults to acquire a high school diploma. Baby Basics classes teach parenting and life skills to parents while at the same time their young children participate in Reading Opens All Roads (ROAR) to develop early literacy skills. The Epic 1:3 Program reaches at-risk youth with a positive message and social environment, connecting them with caring adults who provide spiritual, emotional and academic support. Adult worship services and Bible studies provide spiritual support and direction for many neighborhood residents. In addition to the food bank, clothing bank and soup kitchen, these programs address many physical, spiritual and educational needs. The Potter’s Wheel exists to create an environment in a neighborhood that is being transformed through a demonstration of the love of Christ.