Potter's House
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Apostle Otis Carswell


 Otis L. Carswell born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and a native of Pittsburgh, was a much sought after “all conference” and “all American” football player in western Pa.   Many coaches and fans alike thought he would go on to a life in the Nation football league.  He later attended Clarion State University, the Community College of the Air Force and graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.  Only God knew that he was destined for the call of ministry and a life of discipleship.  In 1978 he had a miraculous encounter with the Lord which led to his salvation and what would be the beginning of a wonderful plan of God for his life. 

At the age of 24, Reverend Carswell began his ministerial training upon accepting ordination as a Deacon.  In this position he gained strong leadership skills, such as, church management and organization.  Reverend Carswell also served on the board of deacons as chairman, the choir president and also served as an adjutant for his pastor.

In 1983 Reverend Carswell recognized and accepted the call to proclaim the Gospel of Christ.  In 1984 he received his ministerial license and was ordained in 1985 through the Church of God in Christ.

Many remember his distinguished voice on “Sunday with Christ, which he co-hosted, on Pittsburgh’s leading African American radio station, WAMO.

This inspirational program quickly gained popularity among the church community and was the platform for Reverend Carswell to develop additional skills needed to expand his evangelistic ministry.

After many years of dedicated service to the community, Reverend Carswell was given the opportunity to host his own evening radio program called “Gospel Inspiration” – airing six days per week; it quickly became one of the premier programs on Pittsburgh’s inspiration station WPIT.

On the 3rd day of December in 1991, the County Commissioners of the City of Pittsburgh issued a resolution to Reverend Otis L. Carswell for hosting and sustaining “Gospel Inspiration”.  He was commended for distinguishing himself as a man of God dedicated to the spiritual uplift and enrichment of the saints.   In retrospect, the resolution noted that out of his personal resources “Gospel Inspiration” was able to stay on the air.  This resolution also stated that Reverend Carswell planted many seeds of righteousness that will bring forth a harvest in due season.

Late in 1992 while Reverend Carswell continued to evangelize throughout the city and tri state, God gave him a burden for people who were hurting and seeking healing and deliverance.  As he began to pray and fast about this burden, God spoke to Reverend Carswell through Jeremiah 18:1-6.  From this passage of scripture He and his wife, Annette, being obedient to the Holy Spirit, took a bold step of faith and birthed  Potter’s House Ministries, Incorporated (PHM) where he now serves as Senior Pastor. Henceforth, the vision for Potter’s House Ministries was established - to see God’s people healed, delivered and set free and to realize their God given purpose.

Potter’s House Ministries now has over one hundred ministries serving more than 400 families within the Pittsburgh area who are members.  The congregation is comprised of a large portion of youth between 12-21 years of age, along with a growing number of young adults, generation X, baby boomers, and senior members.

Four years after the inception of Potter’s House, the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Allegheny, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, issued a proclamation recognizing Reverend Otis L. Carswell for effective leadership within the community, and Potter’s House Ministries for excellence in ministry.

While serving in this full-time pastorate position, Reverend Carswell accepted and began to walk in the apostolic call that was on his life.  This was most evident through the formation of Potter’s House Ministries’ School of Ministry whose purpose is to equip kingdom leaders for the 21st Century.  To date, over one hundred sons and daughters have been trained through the School of Ministry.  Apostle Carswell now serves as Apostolic Father to a number of apostles, pastors, prophets, evangelists and teachers across the United States and abroad.

Shortly thereafter, Apostle Carswell established the Potter’s House Fellowship Alliance (PFA).  This alliance provides spiritual covering and covenant fellowship for pastors, businesses, five-fold ministers and Para church ministries.  The Alliance also serves as a source for training and developing kingdom leaders. To introduce the Alliance to the City of Pittsburgh, PFA hosted their first Holy Convocation in Monroeville, Pennsylvania during the summer of 1999.  Since its inception, Apostle Carswell now serves as overseer of many local and out-of-state churches, five fold ministries, businesses and a support staff of over 150 licensed and ordained ministers. 

In June of 2000, Apostle Carswell was elected and consecrated to the office of Bishop before a sacred college under the direction of the Most Reverend Ralph L. Dennis, the Presiding Prelate of Kingdom Fellowship Covenant Ministries of Baltimore Maryland.

Expanding his vision further Apostle Carswell founded Joshua Development Corporation which operates from a faith-based perspective grounded in Christian values.  Designed to be an aggressive ministry, JDC is combating poverty and despair by providing hope and healing to the disenfranchised families of Pittsburgh and its surrounding region.  The thrust of the Joshua Development Corp. is housing revitalization, job training and counseling.  In conjunction with traditional ministry, JDC can provide more effective ministry that addresses the spiritual and emotional needs of individuals and families.  The Joshua Development Corporation also recently hosted the grand opening of the “Ruth House” a newly renovated housing plan that provides housing and supportive services for single mothers with children.  

Most recently, Bishop Carswell and Potter’s House purchased and renovated a five acre campus in the Mount Oliver section of Pittsburgh.  Potter’s House new home consists of a beautiful newly renovated Cathedral, an executive office complex and a multi purpose center which houses offices, class rooms with a chapel and child care center. 

Bishop Carswell also serves on a number of boards and is affiliated with many community and faith based organizationsHis favorite pastime is spending quality time with his best friend and wife of over 20 years, Annette, also known as Messenger.

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