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Community Presbyterian Church

of St. Maries

Our mission is to worship God,
to proclaim and teach the message of Jesus Christ,
and to faithfully serve all God’s people.


Reverend Janet Potter

Pastor Janet grew up in the midwest town of Sterling, Illinois. Active in the High School Youth Group at First Presbyterian Church, she preached her first sermon as a high school senior. Janet attended University of Nebraska in Lincoln, met her husband, Leo and earned a degree in Social Work. While in Lincoln, she worked in Child Protective Services. After a move to Rockford, IL, she served as the director of a mid-week children’s program (LOGOS), Youth Coordinator and website manager.

Though Janet felt God calling her into ministry for many years, the time was finally right in 2008. Janet pursued her Masters of Divinity at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque Iowa while serving at Westminster Presbyterian Church as the Coordinator of Congregational Care. Janet served as a pastoral intern at Westminster, Bethany Presbyterian Church of Loves Park and completed Clinical Pastoral Education at Rockford Memorial Hospital.  She served for three years as Outreach/Youth Coordinator for First Presbyterian Church in Woodstock, IL and as solo pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Marengo IL for two years.

Janet enjoys taking walks, reading, watching movies, exploring new places and is a very novice fly-fisher. Her husband Leo and adult children Ben  (Grand Junction Co), Marshall (Portland, Or) and Sarah and Tom (Vista, Ca) enjoy spending time together. Janet feels God called her to serve at Community Presbyterian Church. She looks forward to discovering where God is moving and calling CPC to new ministries and missions.


Marianne Besaw

Financial Secretary

Liz Hughes

Purchasing Agent

Patty Moya


MaryAnne Wheeler

Sound Engineers

Leo Potter, Marvin Wheeler


John Hughes