Leadership

At Forest Baptist Church, our leadership team is made up of elders, ministry staff and deacons. Scroll down to see those who serve in each of these ways.

Elders

Our congregation is led and fed by multiple shepherds (e.g. pastors, elders). We believe this is the pattern from Scripture. The “elder-led” approach provides us with sound guidance from biblically-qualified men. We believe that all of the elders are pastors of the congregation and work together.

Some of our elders are employed by the church (see Staff pages), though most work in secular jobs. All elders meet the stated qualifications for this office as laid out in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. They meet regularly to pray and provide spiritual oversight on matters concerning the church.

Gaylen Leverett

Gaylen Leverett

Elder

Gaylen came to know the Lord at a young age and grew up in a Baptist church. Gaylen holds a PhD. in Biblical Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as two Masters degrees, from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (LBTS) and the University of Virginia respectively. Gaylen teaches Theology and New Testament at Liberty University. He and his wife Linda have two children and numerous grandchildren.
Stephen Putney

Stephen Putney

Associate Pastor

Steve holds a DMin from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School as well as a Master of Theology from Grace Theological Seminary. As of January 2017, he serves as associate pastor at FBC. Steve also teaches apologetics at LU Online. He and his wife Frankie have two daugthers.
Mark Allen

Mark Allen

Elder

Mark holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, a DMin from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. Presently, Mark serves as the Chair of Biblical Studies at Liberty University. Prior to his career in education, he served as a pastor and church planter in Richmond, VA for 15 years. He and his wife Karen have three children and numerous grandchildren.
Tyler Scarlett

Tyler Scarlett

Pastor-Teacher

Tyler holds a DMin and MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as an MAR from LBTS. Tyler serves as the teaching pastor at FBC, sharing God’s Word during both Sunday services as well as Wednesday. Tyler also teaches expositional preaching at Liberty University. He and his unbelievably amazing wife Rebecca have six children.
Fred Smith

Fred Smith

Elder

Fred Holds a PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as a Master’s of Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently teaches apologetics and ethics for the seminary at Liberty University. Fred has experience as a teaching pastor, interim pastor, and youth leader. He is married to Laverne.
Joe Veres

Joe Veres

Missions & Administration

Joe earned a BA in Business Administration from Averett University and holds a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his family came to FBC in 2002 and was hired as our Minister of Missions & Administration in 2007. He and his wife April have two sons and numerous grandchildren.
Paul Boatner

Paul Boatner

Elder

Paul earned an EdD from the University of Southern California and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity by Southern California Seminary. In addition he holds two masters degrees in counseling. He was a career educator having served as a faculty member, Dean, and Vice President at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He retired in 2015 as the president of an international accrediting agency for Christian colleges and universities. He and his wife Mary have children and numerous grandchildren.
Donnie Scarlett

Donnie Scarlett

Elder

Donnie came to Christ at the age of 25. He earned a BA in Theology from Immanuel Baptist College and an Accounting Degree from Draughn’s Business College. He pastored SBC churches for nearly 40 years and today is retired. He serves in the Sunday School, Senior Adult Ministry, and Music Ministry. He and his wife Nancy have three children and umpteen grandchildren.

Church Staff

Tyler Scarlett

Tyler Scarlett
Pastor-Teacher

Joe Veres

Joe Veres
Missions & Administration

Joe Veres

Steve Putney
Associate Pastor

Reed Hernandez

Reed Hernandez
Director of Student Ministry

Reed Hernandez

Director of Music Ministry
(Open Position – No longer accepting applications)

Reed Hernandez

Patrick Hinckley
Director of Children

Shelley Childress

Shelley Childress
Church Secretary

Deacon Ministry

The Deacon Ministry at Forest Baptist Church is organized around two goals: serving the Lord and His church.  With Acts 6:1-6 as our model, each deacon has a specific area of service which he oversees in a tangible, hands-on way. The deacons recruit and organize volunteers, from the membership, to accomplish their ministry objectives. The deacons serve on a rotation basis.

Deacon of Safety & Security

John Moisa (Chairman)

Serve the church by assessing safety needs within the church and organizing a trained security team who patrols the building during all service times. Also, organizes first responders in the case of a medical emergency.

Deacon of Widows & Seniors

Pete Wing

Keeps a record of all church widows and regularly seeks out ways to serve and assist them.  Also, provides additional ministry to the senior adults.Mike Garcia

Deacon of Finances                                                         

Bradley Blank

Serves the church by organizing the church Tellers, assisting the Treasurer and helping the congregation maintaining biblical stewardship.

Deacon of Greeters & Ushers

Jeff Nowacki

Organizes team of church greeters to welcome visitors and assist at the doors for each service. Also, maintains list of church ushers to receive offering.  Working with our Safety Team as they keep an eye on church security issues as well.

Deacon of Media/IT 

Bruno Andrade

Serves new members by providing technical support in the church. Responsible for the website and other technological needs within the ministry.

Deacon of Ordinances                    

Greg Middaugh

Serves the church by setting up, organizing, and assisting with the regular observance of the ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Deacon of In-Reach            

Ethan Strickler

Organizes team of church members to assist with the multiple ministries to the church members such as the flower, kitchen, and funeral committees.

Deacon of Building & Ground 

Carter Fulcher

Ensures that the maintenance of the the inside of our building is taken care of as well as the outside landscaping, parking and playground.

Deacon of Benevolence

Nathan Watkins

Serves through administration of the benevolence fund and seeking to help and serve those who are in need off specific financial help, particularly church members but also those in our community.

Deacon of Music

Kevin Chiarizzio

Helps monitor the Audio/Visual aspects of our worship services and assists our Director of Music Ministry as needed.