Story by Tiffany Doss
In keeping with Potomac’s 2020 mission and vision of planting churches in population/people groups of 20,000 or more that currently do not have an Adventist presence, administration has brought on two full-time church planters.
Pastor Jian Lin, who recently earned his M.Div. from Andrews University (Mich.), will focus his efforts on starting a Chinese church plant in the Rockville, Md., area. “We are partnering with the General Conference Global Mission initiative to have a Chinese church plant in North America,” shares Rick Jordan, Potomac’s vice president for Pastoral Ministries. “This plant will be along the I-270 corridor because of the large number of Chinese people living in that area.”
Potomac has also hired Pastor Boyan Levterov, former Church Planting coordinator for the Texas Conference. He is known as one of the top church planters in North America. “He has successfully planted several thriving churches over the years, and we believe he will do the same in Potomac,” says Jordan. Currently Levterov and administration are scoping out several locations for him to plant churches, including the Maryland/D.C. area and along the I-270 corridor.
“The goal is for both coordinators to plant one church and then plant new churches from that,” explains Steve Leddy, associate for church planting and evangelism. “Both planters are doing ‘cold starts,’ meaning they are starting plants that are not tied to any congregation. We are blessed to have both Jian and Boyan working with us! Church planting takes time and dedication. We are excited to see where the Holy Spirit leads,” he says.