Potter shapes message of hope with clay and Scripture

The Rev. Roger Clark creates original pottery while delivering a powerful sermon during last weekend’s revival at Still Waters Baptist Church. Staff photo by Tonya Rodgers

In evangelist Roger Clark’s hands, a sermon becomes more than a powerful message of hope and redemption at the hand of God. It becomes a tangible work of art.

Still Waters Baptist Church, located at 374 Delmar Rd. in Batesburg-Leesville, held its spring revival this past weekend. Pastor Steve Epps and his congregation welcomed the Rev. Clark and his ministry, In The Potter’s Hand.

Rev. Clark has been ministering for about 42 years and lives in the Boiling Springs/White Knoll area of Lexington County. He began In The Potter’s Hand about 21 years ago and now travels as far as Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia, bringing God’s Word. He intertwines his sermon with making pottery right before the congregations’ eyes.

“I go into churches and take down the pulpit and put up a potter’s wheel,” Rev. Clark stated. “I make a vessel while I am delivering the message.”

Rev. Clark’s interest in pottery began when he was in college many years ago. He was carrying a heavy course load and needed three more credit hours. He spoke to his academic advisor, who suggested taking a pottery class.

By the end of the semester, his professor told Rev. Clark that he had a gift and should continue making pottery. However, Rev. Clark went on to attend seminary, then began preaching and serving at various churches.

Ironically, in 1998, Rev. Clark told his wife Linda that he needed some sort of stress reliever. He bought a potter’s wheel and once again began making clay creations. His ministry began.

Rev. Clark’s wife and two grown children always have been supportive of his ministry. His wife attends each revival with him. Now, God might be turning a different path for the Clarks’ ministry after two decades at the wheel.

“My ministry is currently in transition as I have recently accepted a position as interim pastor at a church in Hodges. That may alter my ability to participate in revivals, which often take place on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday mornings.  We will adjust as we need to because I plan on continuing my ministry and sharing God’s Message,” he said.

The ministry of In The Potter’s Hand is based on the Old Testament biblical passage Jeremiah 18:6, which reads in part, “…As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.” Rev. Clark’s ministry has been a tremendous blessing to hundreds as, just like the pottery wheel, “God always moves,” he added. “People love seeing the turning of the wheel and the forming of the vessel. “

Still Water Baptist’s Pastor Epps met Rev. Clark several years ago at a revival at Dry Creek Baptist Church in Ward and was excited to bring In the Potter’s Hand to this community. Each night of the revival brought a nice crowd, and many of Rev. Clark’s pottery pieces were on display and for sale to anyone interested in purchasing his beautiful, intricately-designed vessels. All of the proceeds from his work help to support In The Potter’s Hand ministry. 

For a closer look at Rev. Clark’s creations and more on his ministry, visit his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rogerclarkpottery.