We have had many teachers in our lives, but there are not many teachers of the caliber of Harvey H. Potthoff. Even at Iliff, I don’t know that we have many professors we could describe as a theologian, pastor, teacher and friend. Yet, when I speak with alumni, these are the labels they consistently use to describe Potthoff.
Potthoff was both an alum and faculty member of the Iliff School of Theology. He taught Christian Theology at Iliff (1952-1981) while pastoring Denver-area United Methodist churches. Part of what made him beloved was that he lived an integrated life; neither his body nor his mind were confined solely behind the desk of the academy or behind the pulpit of a church. A prolific writer, he insisted that his experiences and research be understandable to every human being both inside and outside of the church and the academy.
Potthoff exemplifies Iliff’s values of interdisciplinary, interdenominational, and inter-religious dialogue in an effort to promote a more peaceful and just world.
April 21, 2017 would have been Harvey H. Poffhoff’s 106th birthday. Please join us in celebrating his memory by making a gift to the Iliff School of Theology. Your gift of any amount will continue to support more impactful, integrated leaders like Potthoff.
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In his words:
“Success is not simply a matter of external achievement; it includes the sense of satisfaction in being true to our real self in responsible relationship to others.”
– Harvey H. Potthoff, Loneliness (page 58)
Reflection by Caran Ware Joseph