About Us

Forest Hill is a come as you are kind of church. We believe that God meets each one of us – right where we are, just as we are.

Our purpose is to help people know Christ, grow in Christ and go for Christ. We do this through modern worship, sound Biblical teaching, LifeGroups, serving locally and around the world and by partnering with families of young kids and students.

At all of our campuses, we spend a few moments on the first and third weekends after each service, at a short event called Next, letting you know more about Forest Hill and how you can take the next steps in your faith here. Some of the things we will talk with you about are:

History

Forest Hill Church has transitioned from its Presbyterian roots, off of Woodlawn Road in the 1950's, to a non-denominational, multi-campus church emphasizing spiritual transformation and service to the least and lost in our neighborhoods and around the world. Since 1980, Senior Pastor David Chadwick has boldly proclaimed our mission to KNOW Jesus Christ, GROW in His Word and GO to the ends of the earth proclaiming the transformational power of the Gospel.

Mission Statement

Our Purpose at Forest Hill is to glorify God by making disciples who KNOW Christ, GROW in Christ and GO for Christ.

KNOW - Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship where we intimately and personally know our Lord, Jesus Christ - where we worship Him for who He is.

GROW - Our relationship with Christ continually grows in Him as we learn what He asks of us and how we can obey Him. 

GO - We are commanded to go to the ends of the earth - serving the poor, needy and oppressed, locally and globally, but also to tell others about the hope we have found in Christ.

Leadership

Our leadership takes the responsibility of shepherding God's church seriously and strives to be aligned, clear and accountable in all that we do. Click here to take a look at our most recent Financial Statement.

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Beliefs

At Forest Hill, we believe that:

  • The Bible is God’s Word to us. All Scripture is self-attesting and true, so we must follow and believe it in all areas of life.
  • God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The three are coequal and are one God.
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Ministries

Leadership

Our leadership takes the responsibility of shepherding God's church seriously and strives to be aligned, clear and accountable in all that we do. Click here to take a look at our most recent Financial Statement.

Elders
Elected by the church body, elders provide spiritual oversight for the life and affairs of Forest Hill including how to use resources in alignment to the purpose and vision of the church. They also administer communion, baptism and prayer.

Deacons
Elected by the church body, deacons provide support, comfort and care to Forest Hill members with particular needs including prayer and hospital visits.

Senior Pastor David Chadwick
A native of North Carolina, Dr. David Chadwick graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill where he played basketball and was a member of the 1969 NCAA Final Four Basketball Team. In addition to his undergraduate degree in Communications, David has a graduate degree in Counseling from the University of Florida plus a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary.

David has been the pastor of Forest Hill Church since 1980 where worship has grown from 180 to more than 6,000 with campuses located in Ballantyne, Fort Mill, South Park and Waxhaw and soon on South Boulevard and in South End/Uptown. In addition, David is an accomplished author and hosts The David Chadwick Show, a local weekly radio program on WBT 1110AM -- intersecting contemporary issues from a faith and values perspective.

David and his wife, Marilynn, have three children, Bethany, David Banner, Michael, son-in-law Ryan, daughter-in-law Jessi and three grandchildren.

Beliefs

At Forest Hill, we believe that:

  • The Bible is God’s Word to us. All Scripture is self-attesting and true, so we must follow and believe it in all areas of life.
  • God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The three are coequal and are one God.
  • Jesus is the Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary - God who became man to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. Three days later, He rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven where He is now our High Priest and Mediator.
  • The Holy Spirit lives in each Christian from the moment of salvation. He makes us aware of our need for Christ and draws us close to Him. Living in our hearts, He gives us new life, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance as we seek to do what’s right and live under His control.
  • Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. Our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. Those who put their faith alone in Christ for Salvation are children of God and heirs of eternal life.
  • The Bible, Communion, Baptism and community are integral parts of the church. The true church finds expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity, the sacraments -- communion and baptism -- are administered in their integrity, scriptural discipline is practiced and loving fellowship is maintained.
  • He is coming back. Jesus Christ will come again to earth to judge the living and the dead.
  • It’s a priority to tell other people about the transforming power of Christ. We are commanded, as believers, to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and make disciples who make disciples.

Kids

Welcome to Kids@FHC

We want to see kids and parents make faith in Jesus a priority in their home.

What is Kids@FHC?

Our ministry is committed to five key goals that shape every aspect of what we do.

Incite Wonder and Faith

Learning about the Bible and living a life for Christ is exciting, fun and full of adventure!  By utilizing interactive components, creative storytelling methods, and engaging in large group environments we strive to make Jesus real and applicable to every child. 

Equip and Empower Parents

We believe that the primary place for spiritual development and discovery is not the church, but the home.  Because of this we are passionate about walking beside parents as they raise kids with real, transformational, Christ-centered faith that lasts into adulthood.

Develop Influential Leaders

Every child needs leaders and role models pouring into his/her life and modeling the love of Christ. Each child within our ministry is placed in a life group lead by caring students and adults.  These groups meet during our weekend service times.  This allows children to interact and learn from individuals who are excited about sharing God’s Word and passionate about helping kids apply that truth to their daily lives.

Build Community

One of our goals in Kids@FHC is to build community. Whether that involves kids, parents, or volunteers we feel it’s important to be connected with others. We accomplish this through ministry events, social events or personal meetings we work hard to bring people together so that they can live life together.

Open Our Arms to the World

The opportunity to serve and give to those in need has a great impact on a child’s faith.  Our goal is to help families establish a lifestyle of serving the embraces our world with the love of Christ.

 

What is Little Kids?

Little Kids is divided into Nursery (birth-2 years) and Preschool (3-TK). Children in the nursery are divided into age-appropriate classrooms where they are loved and cared for.

Preschoolers attend The Art Studio, a wildly creative place where children get to experience the stories of the Bible in dramatic and engaging ways while exercising their own creativity. They also experience the Bible in LifeGroups, a time where they can interact with their friends and participate in prayer, Bible explorations, and life application. Our simple objective is to communicate to every child, “God made me, God loves me, and Jesus wants to by my friend forever.”

What is Big Kids?

The Exploratorium is our weekend environment for Big kids ages kindergarten – 5th grade. Like the Art Studio, Big Kids get to participate in a large group environment (called The Exploratorium) and a LifeGroup environment. The Exploratorium is a dynamic and ever-changing place where children come to discover God’s word and uncover truth- quite literally actually! Hidden treasures, coded messages, and much more are a part of this exciting Bible story adventure.

First Time at Kids@FHC

We are so glad you are here!  As you enter any of our campuses, please follow the Newcomer signs to park and our greeters will escort you to the New Family Check-in Station.  We will check your child into our database system and one of our volunteers will show you to their age-appropriate room.

We will ask for the following personal information: family members' names, children’s names and birthdates, address, phone number, and any special instructions (allergies, special needs) for your child.  All children and their parents will receive matching security tags.  No child is released without a valid security tag.

Safety and Security

We are committed to protecting each and every child entrusted to our care.  All Kids@FHC team members undergo an extensive protection process, including a background check, references and a personal interview.  We use a secure check-in system to ensure children are checked in and out by the same individuals.  In addition to these measures, a security team monitors all individuals entering the Kids@FHC areas.

Parent Connect

Parents, we want you to be involved in the experience your child has at Kids@FHC. 

We encourage dialog with your kids during the ride home and throughout the week.  Our goal is for your child to have a positive experience and let you be part of what they are learning. To help make this happen we offer podcasts, teaching resources, social media connections and more to fill our parents toolbox with valuable tools to reach their child.

Serving in Kids@FHC

It is important to have great volunteers to care for and teach our children.  When children are welcomed in Jesus name, God’s presence is felt.  After being at Forest Hill Church for six months, you can apply to be part of our exciting kids teams. No matter what your gifts are there is a place for you to serve!

Interested in Baby Dedication or Baptism?

Baby Dedication: At Kids@FHC, we feel there is not greater decision a parent can make than to commit to raising their children in the ways of Christ. If you have an infant and would like to attend our next Baby Dedication class/Ceremony, please click here to sign up.

Baptism: Is your child interested in baptism? We would love to have a chance to partner with them in their journey of faith. Any interested children 3rd grade and above participate in a Baptism class with their parents to make sure each child is equipped and ready for this important decision. If you are interested, click here to sign up for the next class.

Kids@FHC is for children, birth through Fifth grade. Through engaging, creative and interactive environments, like the Exploratorium and the Art Studio, we bring Bible stories to life. In dramatic and engaging ways, kids get the opportunity to experience and explore truths about God, Jesus, the Bible and why it all matters. MORE.

Weekday Pre-School

Held at our South Park location, our Weekday Pre-School has been around for more than 20 years providing a scripture-based math and reading readiness program. We believe children learn best through play in a loving and structured environment. Curriculum overview and facility tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursday from 10am-Noon. Please contact our Director, Susan Kincaid, for more information.

Pre-School Basics
Classroom Overview + Activities
Drop Off
Extended Care
Soccer Shots Camp
January 2017 Application

Fun Friday Enrollment Form 

Students

ADVANCE is for middle and high school students. Each week students get together to worship, build friendships and learn more about what it looks like to follow Christ. MORE

Adults

At Forest Hill, we believe that lives are most effectively changed in genuine, real relationships and community. In LifeGroups, we study the Bible, build friendships, and serve the community. 

Are you ready to take the next step in your faith? Then Break Out...

Into What's Next: You’re here, now what? Your campus pastor and other staff will help you figure out what’s next for you at Forest Hill in a brief get-together after services. Visit the events page to find upcoming NEXT dates. 

Into Conversation: Having questions is good. Asking those questions is even better. Starting Point is the place to ask tough questions about faith. Safe, authentic, conversational. For more information email Becky Williamson. Watch this video to learn more. Interested? Click HERE to fill out our interest form.  

Into Community: Make friends, study the Bible, serve, grow spiritually – it all happens best in a LifeGroup. To get connected, contact

Ballantyne: Kristen Prospect

Fort Mill: Marci Miller

South Park: Tara Holcomb

Waxhaw: JR Lloyd

Into Action: Imagine using your gifts, talents and resources to care for someone across the globe. Imagine how that could transform a community and your own heart. 

Into Coming Together: Be part of something big. Love your church. Become a member. Contact Becky Williamson

Baptism symbolizes your commitment to follow Jesus and proudly declares it to the rest of the world.  If you’d like to learn more about baptism or participate in our one-time Baptism Preparation Class, visit our Events page or contact Becky.   

We’ll celebrate baptisms together across our campuses: 

  • South Park – March 4th & 5th
  • Ballantyne, Fort Mill and Waxhaw – March 5th

Outreach

We believe that justice and compassion should be at the forefront of how we live outside the church building. Through partnerships with great local non-profits and global organizations, we work to meet the physical and spiritual needs of at-risk, marginalized and hurting communities and people. Serving others, locally and globally, helps to transform vulnerable communities and our own hearts.

           GoLocal

           GoGlobal 

Care + Counseling

From time to time, we all need help. LifeGroups meet many needs, but for those beyond the scope of the group, Care & Counseling is here to help.

Pastoral Care
We provide Christian care for people in the hospital, in a time of crisis, for weddings and for funerals. From prayer to friendship, guidance and more, our pastors, elders and deacons are available for you.

Counseling
Premarital counseling, short-term counseling, assessments, referrals and spiritual direction are offered to couples, men, women and children - ages 3 and older. Our trained pastors, counselors, residents and interns are available to walk with you through different stages of life.

Support Groups
We offer support-based groups focused on marriage, finances and life-stage issues. These groups are led by experienced volunteers, licensed professional counselors and licensed psychologists.

Prayer Requests
God never intended for us to face life alone. He gave us the ability to pray and sometimes it helps to know that someone is praying with you. To submit a confidential prayer request, click here to email your request.

For more information, or to make an appointment, please call 704-716-8775.

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