Executive - Director of Faith and Mission
In her role as Director of Faith and Mission, Rev. Carolyn Poteet has the goal of fostering the spiritual formation across all aspects of the University community.
Rev. Poteet directs the Campus Ministry Program, leads chapel services, provides mentoring and leadership development for students, and helps foster partnerships throughout the campus community to integrate the University's mission of faith, learning and service. She also teaches in the Biblical and Ministry Studies department and is a member of the Senior Staff of the University.
With experience in parish ministry and at an international humanitarian organization, Rev. Poteet brings to the University a diverse background in servant leadership. When she joined the Waynesburg staff in the fall of 2013, she commented, “Most of my life has been dedicated to a life of faith, service and learning, and I am excited to explore with Waynesburg University how we can accomplish that mission together.”
For most of the 1990s, Rev. Poteet worked for World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. She traveled to nearly 40 different countries on three different continents, developing and managing grant-funded programming as an international program development officer. Rev. Poteet acquired more than $100 million in funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, World Food Program, UNHCR and UNICEF through her grant proposals.
Following her time with World Vision, Rev. Poteet sensed a call to address the spiritual poverty needs within the United States. She attended seminary at Duke University and worked at several churches in North Carolina, including Chapel Hill, Durham, and the Outer Banks. Prior to joining Waynesburg University, Rev. Poteet served for seven years as the associate pastor and minister for Christian education and young families at the First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, N.C., where she provided pastoral care, regular preaching, wrote and led Bible studies and helped start prayer ministries and new contemporary service.
Rev. Poteet also participated in the Presbyterians for Renewal, the Fellowship of Presbyterians, and has served on the board of directors for Theology Matters journal since 2009.
Rev. Poteet holds both a Bachelors degree in Political Science and a Masters of Divinity from Duke University.