Article March 7, 2019

Letter to the Forest Hill Congregation

To Our Forest Hill family,

 

Every day for nearly 40 years, I have been humbled and exhilarated by the responsibilities and opportunities bestowed upon me by God’s call to shepherd the Forest Hill Church community.

 

From a congregation of 180 when Marilynn and I arrived, Forest Hill has grown to 4,000 members and 12,000 visitors annually at our six campuses throughout the Charlotte region. We reach thousands of people through local and national radio programs and our Moments of Hope media ministry. Forest Hill also is financially stable with no debt and offers robust programs and ministries this community deserves.  

 

Forest Hill, with a future described in the 10-year vision outlined last year, continues to be poised for great impact. 

 

Looking ahead, through discussions with my family and the Council of Elders about the future of the church, I have concluded Forest Hill would benefit from new leadership. So today, I want to let you know I will no longer serve as senior pastor of Forest Hill Church.

 

Marilynn and I feel called to the opportunity to expand our ministry through the work of Moments of Hope, which is positively affecting lives nationally and internationally through our media outreach. We also feel the continued call to serve the Charlotte region where we have spent our lives in ministry together.

 

As I approach my 70th birthday, please know I am as excited about sharing God’s Word today as I was in 1980 when I came to this church. While I will broaden the focus of my ministry, I will remain in Charlotte and faithful to God’s direction in His service so people everywhere may know and grow their relationship with God through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Finally, please know how much Marilynn and I love you all.  One of the greatest privileges we’ve known is serving our Lord with you.  As I have stated at the end of every sermon for almost 40 years, to God alone belongs all the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

 

Under His Grace and Mercy,

 

David and Marilynn

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