YWAM Baltimore
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about us

YWAM (pronounced Why-Wham), short for Youth With a Mission, is an international, interdenominational and global movement of Jesus followers seeking to KNOW God and make Him KNOWN. Learn more here.

YWAM Baltimore seeks to be cultivators who engage with culture by displaying the love of God through arts and creative expression.


Missions . Arts . Discipleship . Espresso

M.A.D.E | YWAM Baltimore Vision

  • to be rooted in Jesus.
  • to create Family culture and value hospitality.
  • establish a decentralized, urban base in the city of Baltimore.
  • to uniquely engage the artists, musicians, dancers, border walkers and those creatives who feel disenfranchised.
  • to plant a full time coffee shop in the city that will become home to live music, events, gallery exhibitions and be a space for conversation.
  • to train and equip coffee-planting teams to start coffee shops in cities around the world.
  • to share the gospel in our city and others through a BAM (business as missions) model, namely through a coffee shop.
  • to use coffee shops as a place to bring community transformation, sustainability for missionaries and pastors and organically plant churches - all through established relationship with nationals.
  • to reach the unreached in our city and in unreached cities where God gives us opportunity to serve.
  • to see reconciliation happen through art and to let justice roll through beautiful expression. 
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the latest


abode 12

NEXT ABODE 12: MARCH 3, 2018, 12pm - 12am

ABODE 12 is a continuation of our regular ABODE worship nights and stays true to our heart to simply make space for the Holy Spirit. The main difference is, ABODE 12 is non-stop. Non-stop worship for 12 hours, lead by groups and worship leaders from all over the state. 



Éclos (pronounced ee-clew) means "to bloom". We believe that reading God's word, renews our minds and is one of God's gifts to mankind to grow and to become all He intended for us. As we read the word and discuss what He's showing us and teaching us, we all grow together.
This is informal. Everyone is welcome. We have dinner (which we will post here each week) and just ask that you contribute a drink, side or dessert.

We just wrapped up Revelations and are going to read through the apostle John's other book, his namesake...John. 

art nights

Art nights include different gatherings of creative expressions. From Saturday hang outs that celebrate the culinary arts of food and drink, to intimate art exhibitions held in one's home, to open mic nights at local breweries, "art nights" are our way of connecting with the local arts scene of Baltimore.



A CONVERGENCE: the point at which lines, objects, streams come together and incline toward each other.
Convergence asks the various streams of the Body of Christ in the Greater Baltimore Area to come together to humble ourselves and pray. Sponsoring groups include BHOP, YWAM, Somebody Cares, Highland Church, AWAKE Baltimore, and Church of the Apostles in the City.


House warming fundraiser

FEBRUARY 24, 2018, 1 - 4pm

We are hosting our 2nd House Warming Fundraiser at 7th Metro Church @ 1916 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD. It will be a time where we share our hearts for YWAM Baltimore and the city, as well as our goals for the renovation of the chapel area of 7th Metro. Please feel free to join us, and consider a donation that will aid in the renovations!

One school for artists

Our biggest passion is for the arts. ONE School for Artists is a 9 month, 3 part Ywam Secondary School, held between 3 Ywam bases: Ywam Barcelona, Ywam Ålesund, and Ywam Baltimore. This school is designed for artists who want to develop their skills and talents in order to become effective influencers of culture and the arts.
Read more here.

Last night was burger night. All different types of people came. Different beliefs, different ages, different backgrounds, different nationalities. It was beautiful the connections that happened.
There is something extremely powerful about hospitality. And when food is involved, it just goes to another level. Baltimore baby.
— Sarah Grunder, hosted missionary from Barcelona


Every month we gather with brothers and sisters from all around the area to worship our Creator. We come from different denominations, backgrounds, cultures and generations but worship as one family. 
Each month a different worship leader or group ushers us into His throne room. We give the Spirit the floor. Our heart is simply to make space for Him. He leads us and guides us through the night and shows us the things that are on His heart. 
All are welcome! Click here to RSVP



who are we


Kristin & devon potler | base leader

Married for 22 years, parents of 5 amazing and creative kids, Devon and Kristin have a heart to support others and encouraging them to fulfill the call on their lives. They both hold high values for hospitality, gathering around the table, family, and arts + culinary excellence! They began working with YWAM 13 years ago.



christian, lee, & Esther wilson | staff

As a musician husband + painter wife, Christian and Lee add creativity and wisdom to this team (they also bring the tiniest Ywam Baltimorean, Esther!). Lee helps lead the Baltimore phase of ONE School for Artists, and Christian sits on the Ywam Baltimore board.


Rachel Stenger | staff

Rachel joined us from YWAM Ålesund, and will be helping us kick off the Baltimore phase of ONE School for Artists and leading one of our DTC outreach teams to Taiwan! Passionate about visual story telling, she specializes in wedding and commercial photography and is down to go anywhere for work! You can check out her art at @fairfoxes and @rachelstengerphoto!

derek thompson | volunteer

Derek is a professional musician and has lived in Baltimore for 6+ years. He completed his DTS in Colorado Springs, CO and has a passion for business as missions with an entrepreneur's heart and drive.

zebadiah Potler | volunteer

As a professional photographer, Zeb recently completed his creative DTS with Ywam Ålesund and has plunged full force into the world of freelance photography. He will be staffing our first year of ONE School for Artists.

erin & steven arant | volunteer + missionaries

Erin and Steven found us halfway through 2017 and are missionaries that we just sent off to the Ukraine! Blessed with vision and drive, they volunteered to help us develop our first potential brick and mortar for Ywam Baltimore!

Ericka Lynch | volunteer

A native of the PNW, Ericka is on loan from YWAM Belfast, where she plans on serving full time in the future. For now, she’s volunteering with us and leading us in intercession, prayer and communion.

Nahum Potler | volunteer

Nahum left his heart in Battambang, Cambodia where he did his DTS. He has a heart to see artists walk in their full calling, and will be leading our first short term missions team back to Cambodia in 2018!

Sam Dipaola | volunteer

Sam, native to Maryland, is helping us get organized as our master admin guru. She did her DTS in New Zealand and served in Papua New Guinea.

erik and Ariel wuesthoff | staff + volunteer

Erik and Ariel have joined us from Pennsylvania, and Ariel makes our 3rd full-time staff member! They may come across as quiet and introverted at first, but they are wise and whip out hilarious zingers at dinner!


Ywam Board

Devon & Kristin Potler

Jamon & Nicole Bailey

Mike & Terrill Esposito

Christian Wilson

Kristen Hoover

Rick McDonald

Psalms Rojas

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get invovled

YWAM Baltimore is in the pioneering stages. We believe in order to grow and become God’s desire, we must first seek His face for direction and vision. Therefore, the first thing we set into motion were monthly worship nights, called ABODE. Join us on the first Friday of every month at Church & Company in Federal Hill, Baltimore.

You can also join us for Éclos - Sunday nights from 6-9pm at the Potler's house - where we gather together, investigate the word, discuss, commune, eat and relax.

Sunday mornings at 10:30am, you can also join us for church! Multiple people on our team go to 7th Metro at 1916 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD, 21202.





If you have any comments, questions, or interest in bringing something new and innovative to our team, don't hesitate to reach out! Fill out the form below