The Elders are nine elected men and the senior pastor (ex-officio) who serve as Forest Hills Baptist Church' corporate directors. They are charged with the oversight of the operation and administration of the church.

The Elders exercise all authority not specifically retained to the members including the following:

  • Provide oversight over church finances
  • Provide oversight over Church Standing Committees (Nominating, Finance, Personnel, Property, Missions and Benevolence) and special and ad hoc committees (excluding a pastor search task force)
  • Name a Nominating Committee from the members
  • Provide oversight to the church systems (Worship, Evangelism/Missions, Fellowship, Discipleship and Ministry/Caring) and their respective teams
  • Recommend to the members for affirmation the vision, goals, and strategies for the effective and efficient accomplishment of the church’s mission
  • Promote congregational fellowship, harmony and unity

Qualifications & Election

According to our church's constitution and bylaws, an elder must...

  • Be a mature Christian
  • Be seeking to meet all New Testament standards for an elder described in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 
  • Have served at least three full calendar years as a deacon at Forest Hills Baptist Church

In addition, the person shall not be eligible to serve for a period of two years following the end of his term of service as elder.

Every October and November, three new elders are elected to serve a three-year term beginning in January of the coming year.

Current Elders

The current elders and the year their terms expire are:

  • 2019 — Bill Carden, Benny Hauk, Robert Pautienus (Chair)
  • 2020 — Kenny Beam, Richard Girdler, Joe Hutts
  • 2021 — Chris Cobb, Ken Harms, Larry Thrailkill
  • Ex-Officio — Sam Boyd (Senior Pastor)


Email Associate Pastor of Administration Gary Hauk with any questions.