April 27, 2013

Dalton First hires Calling Glory frontman Potvin

Submitted by Dalton First United Methodist Church

— Dalton First United Methodist Church is inviting the public to “come be a part of the difference you want to see in the world.”

The church announces an addition to its staff. Dana Potvin began working as the director of contemporary worship arts this week. Frontman for the Christian Music group Calling Glory, Potvin comes to Dalton, with his wife Connie, from Athens, Tenn., where he was responsible for all graphic design projects for a multimillion dollar company, Plastic Industries of Athens. For the past five years he has been the frontman, guitarist and songwriter for the contemporary Christian band Calling Glory. He brings vast experience in recording and studio work and has worked with the complex sets of live shows, camps, festivals, etc. The group’s latest EP “From Heaven to Earth” was released on April 23 on iTunes.

Potvin learned of the staff opening when he received an email that Dalton FUMC was looking for a contemporary worship director and he said, “I just felt like I was supposed to apply for the position. The funny thing is that I wasn’t really looking for a church position at the time so it was really funny how it dropped in my lap. That’s just how the Lord works sometimes.”

His stated objective in accepting his new position is “to not only encourage the body of Christ, but also challenge the body to a deeper relationship in Jesus through worship, discipleship and application in everyday life.”

Potvin studied and trained in Fort Worth, Texas, under contemporary Christian artist Darrell Evans who wrote songs such as “Trading my Sorrows,” “Freedom” and “Your Love is Extravagant.” While studying business administration at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, he served as worship pastor at Ascension Life Fellowship Church. He oversaw all worship for weekend and mid-week services as well as special events such as concerts or holiday celebrations.

Potvin started playing drums when he was 13, then picked up bass and piano at around 15.

“My grandpa gave me my first acoustic guitar when I was 16 and I really ran with that one. Since then I have learned to play mandolin and electric guitar and the next one I would like to learn is violin as well as continue to get more fluent on the piano.” Potvin did a music internship with Evans in Fort Worth.

Senior Pastor Robin Lindsey explained, “Dalton First United Methodist Church has made a conscious decision to reach those who would not attend a traditional service in the sanctuary. Therefore, two years ago we added Kenny Ott as our outreach pastor and now we are bringing Dana Potvin to be our director of contemporary worship arts.”

“These two staff persons indicate the entire church’s desire and willingness to reach people in addition to the traditional congregation,” said Lindsey. “Of course, we remain completely committed to our traditional worship as well. In fact we are committed to both worship styles. We feel that is God’s call for us.”

“We strive to do everything we do with excellence. God gives us his very best and we desire to give God our very best,” said Ott. “Therefore we went looking for the best to help design worship and lead us in worship. We changed the position from a part-time music leader to a full-time director of contemporary worship. We did a nationwide search and had more than 200 applicants. Dana Potvin was head and shoulders above the rest.”

Ott continued, “We understood that we were not effectively reaching a whole segment of the population (mid 20s to late 30s). With a new, full-time staff member, Dalton First is investing in outreach to those outside the walls of the church. By bringing Dana to the team we are intentionally designing worship that is relevant for our multi-generational community.”

Contemporary worship is a form of Christian worship that emerged in the 20th century. It is now found in many churches. Typically characterized by the use of contemporary worship music in an informal setting, congregational singing usually comprises a greater proportion of the service than in conventional worship services. Elements not usually found in traditional worship services might include drama, dance and short videos or film clips used as an expression of worship and for teaching.

An invitation is extended to everyone in the Dalton community to join the worshipers on Sunday. Traditional services are at 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the main sanctuary. The contemporary service is in the Fellowship Hall, just off the atrium on the ground floor.

Come be a part of what’s happening at Dalton First United Methodist Church, 500 S. Thornton Ave. Come be a part of the difference you want to see in the world.