The Senior Leadership Team is comprised of our Lead Pastor of Teaching, Lead Pastor of Ministry and Executive Director of Operations. Together, under the oversight of the Council of Elders, they lead and uphold the mission and vision of Forest Hill Church.

Jonathan Scott– Lead Pastor of Teaching

Born in New York, Jonathan was raised by Jamaican parents in Freeport, Grand Bahamas and Miami, Florida. He currently resides in Lancaster, SC with his wife, Aimee. He is also the proud father of 2 adult children, Nathan and Christine, gifts in marriage with his late wife, Kathleen.

Jonathan Scott has served full time as minister/pastor for over 35 years in 3 churches in Miami, FL and Charlotte, NC. He has extensive experience ministering to youth, college-aged, single and married adults in both teaching and pastoral responsibilities. He recently served as one of the primary preachers/teachers for Forest Hill Church and Campus Pastor of the South Park Campus in Charlotte, NC.

Jonathan’s passion is to promote and facilitate spiritual formation and growth in others through preaching/teaching, discipleship, mentoring and pastoral counseling. He has a deep love for people and a driving desire to see them connected with the dynamic life of God in Christ.

Mike Boulware – Lead Pastor of Ministry
Mike Boulware was born in Lakeland, FL where he grew up the youngest of three boys. He responded to the call of Jesus Christ as a young child.

His undergraduate education includes a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in psychology from Presbyterian College, in Clinton, SC. He received a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary, in Charlotte, NC. As an ordained pastor, he has served as the pastoral care pastor at Mandarin Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, FL, and in numerous leadership roles the last 15 years at Forest Hill. His passion in ministry is to love people and equip others to do the same so that the Gospel might be known and cause deep transformation in people.

Mike is married to his high school sweetheart Andrea. They have two children, Ashley and Chase. He enjoys going on dates with his wife, playing with his kids, working in the yard and watching a good science fiction movie.

Max Baumgartner – Executive Director of Operations
Max and his wife Gina have been married for 41 years and have three children and two grandchildren. Max has been the Executive Director/COO at Forest Hill since 2008. Prior to Forest Hill, Max was the Board Chair for Charlotte Christian School. And prior to that, Max served as the COO for David Jeremiah’s Shadow Mountain Community Church. Max is a proud Navy veteran having completed 11 tours of duty including an assignment as the Supply Officer on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. He is passionate about Jesus, family, learning, and mentoring leaders. His hobbies include hiking, and skiing.

WHY THE Senior leadership TEAM?

The Council of Elders has voted on and approved a plurality of leadership in what was formerly known as the Office of Senior Pastor with a Lead Pastor of Teaching, a Lead Pastor of Ministry and an Executive Director of Operations to create a new Executive Team.

a deeper dive

The goals of an Executive Team:

  • Refine and enhance senior leadership focus on each aspect of mission
  • Provide collaboration with regards to methods and strategies
  • Recognize the significant scope, breadth and capacity to operate an organization of this size and scale
  • Increase synergy and innovation to respond to evangelistic and discipleship challenges in a rapidly changing cultural environment
  • Provide internal accountability through peer relationships
  • Increase the diversity of decision-making perspective on the highest order issues

Our decision to move to a plurality of leaders at the senior leadership level is based on biblical principles not direct models. There are several ways to establish models of senior leadership in the local church. We believe that this model will serve Forest Hill best during this season. It is modeled in the New Testament and supported by biblical wisdom and demonstrates practical advantages.

edlers and Deacons

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.

Current Council of Elders:

  • Deidre Foster – Council Chair
  • Glenn McCorkle- Council Vice Chair
  • Graeme Dykes – Head of Finance & Risk Management Committee
  • Jimmy Wade – Head of EDC
  • Daniel Rodriguez-Brenes – Head of Audit Committee
  • Libby Kral
  • Bert Williams
  • Charlie Sternberg

Click HERE to email the Council.

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


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