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.
The congregation of FBC (FBC) 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 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
Stephen Putney is our newest appointed elder.
Dave works as a Senior Engineer, enhancing telecommunications globally at Anite Telecoms. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1992. That same year he married his wife Marilyn and joined FBC. Dave teaches one of our young marrieds Sunday school classes, as well as helping maintain the church website.
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.
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 LBTS. Fred has experience as a teaching pastor, interim pastor, and youth leader.
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.
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 Widows & Seniors
Mike Garcia (Chairman) & 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
Serves the church by organizing the church Tellers, assisting the Treasurer and helping the congregation maintaining biblical stewardship.
Deacon of Greeters & Ushers
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
Serves new members by providing technical support in the church. Responsible for the website and other technological needs within the ministry.
Deacon of Ordinances
Serves the church by setting up and assisting with the regular observance of the ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Deacon of In-Reach
Greg Middaugh & 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
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
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
Helps monitor the Audio/Visual aspects of our worship services and assists our Minister of Music as needed.