Forest Hill organizes with 48 charter members at Patrick Henry Elementary School. The church grows out of a church-planting mission started in March by East Hanover Presbytery.
Property at 41st and Boscobel Avenue is purchased for $2,500. After remodeling by men of the church, the building is used beginning in October 1925.
James C. Faw, a student at Union Theological Seminary who had been preaching for the presbytery’s planting mission, is ordained and installed as pastor.
Old Kemp House
Rev. Howard Cobbs, pastor from 1939-1944, is instrumental in acquiring the Old Kemp House, our present site, for $7,500. The two-story frame house with wrap-around front porch is used for Sunday school classes while worship services are still held at 41st Street. The barn is renovated for Sunday school and other programs.
First Worship Service
The first service in the new sanctuary is held. The original windows were pastel-colored glass. Stained glass memorial windows are installed in the 1960s and ’70s by Willet Studios in Philadelphia.
Child Care Center Opens
Fannie Pharr starts the Child Care Center, which becomes a ministry of our church in 1974.
Second Mile Endowment Fund Established
The Second Mile Endowment Fund is established for benevolent giving beyond the church budget.
More mission partners join our Child Care Center and the AA group in using the building, such as the El Shaddai Fellowship and the Forest Hill Adult String Ensemble (FHASE).
Phideaux Field Opens
Learn more about the dog park in the front yard of our church.
The Jack Bare Prayer Garden is created in the church courtyard.
The labyrinth and butterfly garden are dedicated to Cindy Creasy and Rowe’s Canopy Row to Maurice Rowe.
New hymnals memorialize Chic Lyttle and Virginia Wrenn. Expanded butterfly habitat memorializes Virginia Wrenn.
1925: Rev. James C. Faw
1929: Rev. Aber Robertson
1939: Rev. Howard C. Cobbs
1945: Rev. Clayton C. Crawford
1967: Rev. Edward Humphrey
1972: Rev. Charles Lee Hammet
1976: Dr. Leslie T. West
1996: Dr. Stephen Price-Gibson
2009: Dr. Robert Johnson
2012: Dr. Keith Johnston
2017: Rev. Katherine Todd
WORSHIP AT FOREST HILL
We worship on Sundays at 10:30am and gather for fellowship together afterwards.