The leadership of Forestdale Church is made up of teams of Elders, Deacons and Ministry Coordinators. The Pastor serves the church as a co-leader alongside the other elders who work together to teach and equip the church members for effective ministry (Ephesians 4:11-13).  The Deacons work in conjunction with elders to oversee the hands-on care of the church buildings and grounds in order to assure that the facilities are properly equipped to carry out the vision of Forestdale Church. Ministry Coordinators and Ministry Teams are comprised of people selected by the leadership and affirmed by the membership so that they can coordinate and provide leadership for each of the specific areas of ministry within the church.

 

Bruce Hanlon, Pastor & Elder

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Bruce and his family moved to the Cape in the Fall of 2015 so that Bruce could become pastor at Forestdale Church. Bruce enjoys working out, spending time outside with his dog (in warm weather which is anything above 75 degrees), being with his wife and kids, watching movies, and traveling. Bruce’s life verse is Philippians 3:10 which says, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.”  This verse has always meant a lot to Bruce because it so succinctly describes the Christian life because it shows: (1) a desire to know Jesus (2) the desire to experience the power of His presence (3) the reality that the resurrection power can only be experienced on the other side of dying to yourself.

 

Chris Lerch, Elder

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Chris and his family (wife Kelly and 4 children) have lived on Cape Cod for the last 20 years. Chris has been an active member of Forestdale Church for the past 9 years. Chris enjoys coaching, landscaping, golf, football and the Buffalo Bills. His favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Kevin O’Brien, Elder

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Kevin and his family have lived on the Cape for the past 17 years. He has attended and been an active member at Forestdale Church for the past 10 years. Kevin’s hobbies include golf, working out, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying outdoor activities. His favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11.  ” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This verse reminds Kevin that God is in control all the time and that He gives comfort and strength in all situations no matter how difficult the situation may be. God is the ultimate authority!

 

Jeff Rogers, Elder

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Jeff and his family (wife Tiffany and 2 children) have been residence of Cape Cod for over 15 years.  Jeff is an avid audiophile and has been in the training sector of the consumer electronics industry for over 30 years.  Jeff’s hobbies include motorcycle touring with his wife, traveling in our RV, and spending time with our family and friends.  His favorite verse is John 15:5  “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

 

John White, Elder

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John has lived on the Cape for the past 23 years and has been part of the Forestdale Church family for the past 17 years. John is a proud New England sports fan. In addition to watching sports, he also enjoys fishing and spending time outdoors.  John’s favorite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” This message of salvation reminds John that he is saved by grace.