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Stephen W. Smith and his wife Gwen are the Co-Founders of a Christian ministry called, Potter’s Inn.  You can check out the ministry’s web at http://www.pottersinn.com

Steve and Gwen have been married since 1980 and spent 32 years ministering together to the hearts of people around the world. Steve has pastored churches in Kentucky, North Carolina and the Netherlands. Steve studied at Lenoir Rhyne University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Fuller Seminary. Gwen has a BS from the University of North Carolina and is a Registered Nurse. Gwen pursued studies at Denver Seminary where she fulfilled the 2 year program for Soul Care. She is a spiritual director.

Steve and Gwen lead retreats throughout the world for leaders in the marketplace as well as ministry. A focus for Steve and Gwen is their work with individuals and couples in “Soul Care Intensives”–a private retreat with leaders. Steve and Gwen speak focus much of their time and work with missionaries. Gwen is a TCK (Ethiopia) and together they lived overseas in Europe planting churches before the fall of Communism.

Steve and Gwen have four adult sons and two daughters through their son’s marriages. Soon to be three!

Potter’s Inn was founded in 2003. It is a 501 C3 and registered with the United States Internal Revenue Service. The ministry seeks donations from donors throughout the world.

Potter’s Inn does five things:

  1. Guides retreats for people, churches and organizations.
  2. Provides care for the soul.
  3. Develops resources such as books, art and small group guides
  4. Operates our own retreat, Potter’s Inn at Aspen Ridge
  5. Vocation Care: Helping people navigate the whitewater of work, calling and purpose!

Telephone: 719-264-8837


One Response

  1. Hi Gwen,

    It’s Bonnie. You’re Dad told me about your back surgery when we were in Charlotte briefly in August, but I hadn’t heard anything since, except that Bill & Grace were there with y’all.

    We left RVA after 31 years of ministry and are currently in transition, living, through an incredible provision of the Lord, on the beach in St. Augustine, Florida. We’re praying through various possibilities of ministry that have been offered to us, and awaiting the Lord’s leading.

    It’s great to see your smiling face, looking like a kid…OK the pics are from kinda faraway, but still I know that smile I’ve known since Calvary youth group days!

    Anyway, just wanted to say HI. I just signed up for your blog, and hope to get in touch.

    In His Grace, Bonnie ~Sinclair~ Cook

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