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.”


Susan Matos
"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."

Beth Govoni

"I’ve been attending Forestdale since 1996.  I’ve met so many wonderful people here and have developed countless relationships.  Through those relationships my love for the Lord and for others has grown.  One of my favorite scriptures is:  “Be still and know that I am God”

Psalm 46:10. I love it because it reminds me that I am not God….God is God!  He is able and  I can be still and rest in Him."


Gloria Pothier

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!

Scott Govoni

I’ve been a member at FDCC since 1996. As a deacon I’ve had the ability to view the church from a different perspective. I’ve spent many years in the pews attending church and being active from time to time with my family. As a deacon I’ve had the spiritual side of those attending church placed in front of me. There was always the prayer requests to pray for. As a deacon there is always someone to pray for whether you know of their exact needs or not. I’ve found myself thinking of others in a different way. Being a deacon doesn’t make me any holier, but it does give me something bigger than myself to direct my attention and efforts toward.

My favorite scripture is Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love”

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Chris Redford

"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."