MCC Tampa Staff & Volunteers
Rev. Pressley Sutherland
Rev. Pressley Sutherland has more than eighteen years of experience with MCC. He joined MCC New York in the mid-1990s after being the Jazz Mass Worship Leader in one of NYC’s largest Episcopal churches. During his 5 years at MCC New York, he was the Sunday School Director, Director of Spiritual Education and finally the Associate Pastor for Congregational Life. From New York, Rev Sutherland moved on to MCC North London (UK) where he served as Senior Pastor for 7 years until 2008. From London, he moved on to Good Hope MCC in Cape Town, South Africa where he served as Senior Pastor for 2 years.
Since 2010, Rev. Sutherland has been serving in the role of Intentional Interim Pastor;
first at MCC of Newcastle (UK) and then to MCC of Greater St Louis. He became the Interim Pastor of MCC Tampa effective November 17th, 2013.
Dr. Janis Potter
Janis Potter, one of America’s most in-demand solo marimba artists, is best known for her varied repertoire and energetic style. Ms. Potter has more than 320 recitals and master-classes plus 30 concerto performances to her credit. She has performed and lectured at more than 50 major universities in nearly every state the U.S. In addition, she has been presented at five Percussive Arts Society International Conventions as well as many state and local PAS events, and has had several articles published in Percussive Notes Magazine.
Ms. Potter has won awards and grants from such prestigious organizations as the Sony Corporation, The Carnegie Foundation, The Myra Hess Foundation and Glamour Magazine. She has also been presented by renowned venues such as the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, The Phillips Collection, The Library of Congress, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Her recordings are often aired on National Public radio and she has performed in several television specials for PBS.
Janis served five years with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington DC- having played percussion at the White House, the U.S. Capital, and many other venues including three national concert tours. In addition, she was a featured soloist with the band at the College Band Director’s National Association Convention performing Thea Musgrave’s Journey Through a Japanese Landscape for marimba and wind ensemble, which is now available on a live recording from Marc Records.
Ms. Potter has a signature series of mallets which are produced and distributed world-wide by her long-time sponsor Innovative Percussion, and she is also a proud endorser of Bergerault Marimbas and Dynasty Percussion. She released her first solo CD entitled “Marimba Tracks” in 2000, and her second CD “Variations in Blue in 2004. She has published several transcriptions and arrangements for marimba and is planning to release a new video and teaching book for beginning and intermediate marimbists in 2013 and her new concerto in 2014.
Janis has been the Choir Conductor, Organist, Keyboardist, Vocalist, Praise Band, Children’s Choir, and Handbell Director at several churches including Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, and Presbyterian, and is now the Worship Leader for the Metropolitan Community Church of Tampa. She specializes in Contemporary Christian Rock music as well as jazz arrangements of traditional hymns.
Janis received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in music performance from The Juilliard School. She is currently in the dissertation process of her Doctor of Education degree in Training and Developmental Leadership from North Central University.
STAFF TRANSITION NEWS
Our Facilities Manager, Mac, has needed to give his notice of resignation and will be leaving our staff next week. Mac received an important job opportunity that will not allow him to have the time to continue working at the church. He will continue to attend MCCT as a valued member and volunteer. We will take time in worship on January 26 to offer thanksgiving for his service while on staff and to bless him into his next chapter of vocation. Thank you, Mac, for the many ways you have made us a better community!