Introducing Dr. Mark White - Our Senior Pastor
On Sunday, June 17th, Forest Hills enthusiastically called Dr. Mark White to serve as our next Senior Pastor.
We look forward to welcoming the Whites (Mark, Victoria, Ava, and Owen) to Raleigh and Forest Hills starting in late August.
For more information about Mark, and to listen to his sermon from June 17th, just scroll down to explore the rest of this webpage. Please be in prayer for Forest Hills, and Mark, as we prepare for this new season of ministry!
A Note From Mark...
It is an honor to be the next senior pastor of Forest Hills Baptist Church. For the last nine months, the Pastor Search Committee and I have learned a great deal about one another, and yet, most of you know very little, if anything, about me. Please allow me to provide a brief introduction.
I met my wife Victoria during my first year in seminary. We married in 2001, and together, we have two children, Ava and Owen. I could not have dreamed of ever having a more wonderful family! Victoria works for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School, and she enjoys scrapbooking, canning, and reading. Ava just completed sixth grade, and she loves playing soccer, running, and reading. Owen is a rising third grader. He enjoys fishing, basketball, nerf guns, video games, and music. I also enjoy running, fishing, reading, traveling, and watching the Tar Heels play basketball. Some of our favorite activities as a family include swimming, playing outdoor games, and going to the beach.
My call to ministry began during my college years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. I worked in business for a year before committing to a life of ministry. From that point forward, I threw myself completely into ministry and began formal seminary training. In fact, I love education. I hold two masters degrees. I received a Master of Divinity degree from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. I also received a Master of Theology degree from Duke University and have a Doctor of Ministry degree from Colombia Theological Seminary.
I also have a passion for the local church. Over the last fifteen years, I have served in three congregations in Virginia, two of which have been in a college setting. I enjoy shepherding people in the faith, encouraging them to live out the teachings of Jesus at home and around the world. Building relationships and engaging people of different cultures and nationalities through missions and education are important to me. I have participated in mission trips to nine countries and a number of states within our own country.
Sensing a call from God to serve at Forest Hills has grown progressively stronger in every conversation I have had with the Pastor Search Committee and with the staff. I feel a deep connection with your desire to grow as a community of Christ-followers, your mission and service efforts, and your Baptist identity. I believe exciting days are ahead for all of us as we journey with the Lord.
2015-Present: Senior Pastor, Harrisonburg Baptist Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia
2006-2015: Senior Pastor, Chamberlayne Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia
2003-2006: Pastoral Associate for Christian Growth and Outreach, Williamsburg Baptist Church, Williamsburg, Virginia
Ordained to the Gospel Ministry, First Baptist Church, Newport News, Virginia, May 6, 2001
Columbia Theological Seminary: Doctor of Ministry, May 2012
Duke University, The Divinity School: Master of Theology, December 2002
Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond: Master of Divinity, May 2001
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, May 1997
Married to the Reverend Doctor Victoria White, 2001
Children: Ava (age 11) and Owen (age 8)
Hobbies: Traveling, watching college basketball, distance running, painting, gardening, and reading
When Does Mark Start at Forest Hills?
Mark's first day in the office will be on Monday, August 27th. His first Sunday in the pulpit will be on Sunday, September 9th.
Watch Mark's Sermon from June 17th
From our summer sermon series, "Practical ACTS: Making Godly Choices in a Messy World." Mark's sermon comes from Acts 7:51-60 and deals with the question, "Why Should I Tell the Truth When No One Wants to Hear It?"