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Reverend Rodney R. Forrest

“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart,
which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.”
(Jeremiah 3:15)


First FamilyReverend Rodney R. Forrest was born to the late James E. Forrest, Sr. and Vivian J. Forrest of Appomattox County, Virginia on February 3, 1971.  He attended the local public schools of Appomattox County and graduated from Appomattox County High School in 1989.  Following graduation, he enrolled at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia and remained there for one year prior to joining the Virginia Army National Guard.

Reverend Forrest completed Basic Training in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Advanced Individual Training in Fort Gordon, Georgia in the summer of 1990.  After returning home, he enrolled at Central Virginia Community College, in Lynchburg, Virginia and completed an Associate in Arts and Sciences degree in Education in 1992.

Reverend Forrest continued his education at Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History in the year of 1994.  The following year, God blessed Reverend Forrest with a Social Studies teaching position within the Lynchburg City School division where he currently has twenty years of service.

Reverend Forrest publicly headed the Master’s call and preached his initial sermon at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Nathalie, Virginia in 1997.  In March of 1999, he accepted the call to the pastorate at the Ellis Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Nathalie, Virginia.  After seven years of faithful and fruitful service at the Ellis Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend Forrest accepted the call to the pastorate of the Court Street Baptist Church in the city of Lynchburg, Virginia.

Reverend Forrest holds a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies from Liberty Home Bible Institute, Lynchburg, Virginia.  Additional degrees have been earned including a Master of Education in 1999 from the University of Virginia and a Doctor of Ministry in the year of 2001 from Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, Georgia.

Reverend Forrest desires most to be remembered in life not as a Pastor, Preacher, or Teacher, but as a good husband to his wife Denise, a good father to his daughter JaKayla, and a good servant to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!