The Potomac Conference Corporation Pastoral Ministries Department provides resources to help our pastors and churches grow by emphasizing mission, vision, and values. Everything rises and falls with leadership. The Potomac Conference Corporation seeks to create an environment where our pastors have the opportunity to grow as servant leaders, both spiritually and professionally. Pastors, called by God, “prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:1213 NIV). The pastor trains and equips their members to faithfully use their spiritual gifts to minister and make disciples within their communities.
The importance of spiritual and numerical growth cannot be underestimated. Both are vitally important for the health of the church. One of the most important ways to evaluate this growth is through church consultations. These consultations are like annual physical checkups. The benefits are similar to a good prescription: they lead to a healthy, disciple-making church with a clear mission and vision. We pray daily for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide our pastors. Our pastors are not alone we are on this journey together.
Vice President for Pastoral Ministries
Rick Labate became the Vice President for Pastoral Ministries in March of 2021. Labate previously served as associate for pastoral ministries for eight years and has been a pastor since 1983. He began his ministry in Potomac, having served in this conference for all but four years including twice returning to a district he had pastored before. Rick’s passion is to see churches and pastors balanced and healthy in every regard but especially in the area of worship.
Pastoral Ministries Team
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Candy Seibert joined the Potomac Conference Corporation team in February, 2011. She grew up in Takoma Park, Md. and attended JNA and TA. Candy moved to West Virginia in the late 1970’s where she attended Fairmont State University. Candy and her husband Jamie have two grown boys and they all live in the Harrisonburg, Va. area. In her spare time, Candy and her husband enjoy riding with friends and family down the Blue Ridge Parkway on motorcycles. They also spend a lot of time boating and swimming at their cabin at Smith Mountain Lake.
Hispanic Ministries Director
José Daniel Esposito Forciniti has more than 25 years experience working in pastoral ministry. He has served the Lord as an evangelist, ADRA director, Youth and Pathfinder director, Personal Ministries director, Sabbath school and Ministerial in South America. He has been serving the Lord in the Potomac Conference Corporation since 1997 as a district pastor, evangelist and currently as Pastoral Ministries Associate for Hispanics. His passions are winning people for Christ through home churches, planting new churches, training disciples for Jesus, and preparing the church for Christ soon return.
Associate for Pastoral Ministries, North
Paul Graham accepted the call to be an associate for pastoral ministries in October of 2020. Graham most recently served as senior pastor of Potomac’s Restoration Praise Center in Bowie, Md.
Graham spent 13 years in ministry in the New York area, engaging in youth and young adult ministries, striving to present each message with the intention of motivating his listeners to prepare themselves for the soon coming of Christ. As a result, in 2002, Graham launched Full Circle Ministries to empower youth and young adults to participate in evangelism and wholesome activities, reaching both churched and unchurched individuals. Graham loves teaching the Word of God and helping as many as possible gain a better understanding of the Gospel and stronger walk with the Master.
Associate, Evangelism & Church Planting
Steve Leddy is an associate for pastoral ministries and overseas church planting and evangelism. He has a special passion to build relevant churches and ministries that appeal to and attract young adults and people who are unchurched. Additionally, Leddy is the founder of the Church Planting and Adventist Leadership School (CPALS), which provides hands on training for exceptional young adults with no ministry experience or education; the Church Planting Institute (CPI) which trains pastors and lay leaders to plant effective new churches in the areas they are serving; and Allies In Mission (AIM) which is a training program to dramatically increase the mission effectiveness and disciple-making potential of new and existing churches.
Development and Events
LEAD Groups: The Potomac Conference Corporation is committed to investing in our pastors. Several years ago Potomac started a program for the pastors called LEAD groups. LEAD is an acronym for Leadership, Encouragement, Accountability and Dream (vision). LEAD groups are an intentional way of helping our pastors grow through professional peer pastoral meetings. The LEAD groups meet monthly within their local conference areas to read, study and discuss the various ways to grow healthy, disciplemaking churches.
Elders’ Retreat: This event is a resource for local church elders to learn about the mission and vision of the conference, as well as how to be effective leaders in their own churches. Click here for upcoming events.
Impact: Camp Meeting Re-imagined: The Bible reminds us that “for where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matt. 18:22, NIV). What a promise from Jesus. No matter the size of group, when we gather in His name, His presence is there. What a great privilege it is that we can come together for fellowship and know that He is with us! Click here for more information on upcoming camp meeting(s).
EQUIP: Organized by the Potomac Conference Corporation’s Pastoral Ministries Department, EQUIP was designed to empower lay people to lead in their local church more effectively. The event offers 14 seminars that cover various topics, such as how to give effective Bible studies, women’s ministries, how to build healthy relationships and how to be an effective church administrator.
Cultivate: The Cultivate Initiative is focused on conference-wide evangelistic experiences and reaping events in 2017. We hope believers, of all ages and backgrounds, will work together to make the Potomac Conference a unified family with the common goal of winning souls. Let’s make 2017 a record breaking year in attendance and baptisms in our churches and schools. So far, more than 100 churches are on board!