The religious life of the College during the administration of
President Poteat was wholesome and invigorating and pervasive, there
being few either in the faculty or among the students who did not
share its stimulating influence.
This condition was owing in due measure to the unassuming piety,
sweet Christian spirit and devotion to religious ideals and activities of
the President and of many members of the faculty. President Poteat
himself was reared in a cultured and consecrated Christian home, and
from his coming to Wake Forest in 1872 until his death in 1938 he
walked in the way of the Lord, he delighted in the services of the
church and was zealous in promoting its organized work. Seldom did
he miss a service, and for most of the period he taught in its Sunday
school. At one time or another he served as church clerk, as deacon
and chairman of important committees. He was a leader in the singing
at daily chapel hour and in the various regular church services, and
during revivals and other special occasions. Where the need was he
was; he found time to minister to the organized religious groups of the
students, and in time of revival he often joined the young men in their
prayer meetings in the dormitories. He showed much interest in the
work of the Baptist State Convention, its educational institutions,
missions, its social activities. With such an investment of Christlike
character and accomplishments the attacks on him as an evolutionist
by diatribes published in some Baptist papers of other States were
regarded as raillery by the many generations of students who had
known him during the past half century. He was genuinely religious,
and was seen to be so especially during his administration in that
fierce light that beats on the office of a college president as well as on
a throne.
Another whose religious influence blessed the College during all
the years of Poteat's administration was Dr. William Bailey
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