Meet the Deacons
What is a deacon?
The members of our leadership team at the Forestdale are called Deacons, which is the Greek word for servants. They are a team of women and men who are growing in this life of “loving God, loving others, and making disciples.” They practice this life first among themselves, and then work to pass that life on to others at home, at work, in the church, and in the community. As a team, they oversee the ministries of the church, and guide us in our devotion to “the Apostles’ teaching, the fellowship, the breaking of bread, and prayer.”
"I grew up at the Forestdale Community Church and then moved away from Malden. When I came back to the area, with my husband and one year old daughter, I visited the church and right away it felt like home! The people were all so welcoming and I felt peace during the service. It's now 21 years later and I can say that I've found community and support as well as personal growth throughout these years. Serving as a Deacon has given me an opportunity to encourage others with the same encouragement I received while attending Forestdale."
My husband, Jerry, and I first came to Forestdale in the spring of 2003. Our first impression of the church was one of a welcoming people, a sound Biblically-based theology preached by a warm Pastor, in a very peaceful atmosphere.
During the 2020 year of the Covid lockdowns, I became even more aware of how much the church family means to me. I tried to keep in contact with many church friends via phone calls, emails, cards, and Zoom - to bring encouragement, pray for their needs., as well as share joys and laughter.
My favorite Bible verse is:
Philippians 4: 6-7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus“.
This passage has brought me so much comfort and peace through the years. It reminds me to bring my worries and concerns to God in prayer, being thankful that we have a loving God , who cares so much for us and every area of our lives. I imagine putting that concern (a person or situation) in the palm of God’s hands, and that gives me amazing inner peace!
"One of the greatest pleasures that I receive from being a deacon is serving God and others. I love telling others about God and the importance He is in my life."
Bill Redford (not pictured), and Dana Brown