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.

Current Deacons:  Chuck Burke, John Morgan, Jeff Payne & Agnes Franklin

Bruce Hanlon, Pastor & Elder

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

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.”



Rick Loud, Elder

Rick and his wife Brenda have lived on the Cape for 38 years and have attended and served at Forestdale Church for the past 13 years. Rick enjoys sports, fires on the beach and spending time with his grand kids. His favorite verse is Matthew 5:15: “Neither do people light a lamp and put it on a bowl instead they put it on its stand and gives light to everyone in the house.”