Ministry Staff


Neil Westbrook, Senior Pastor

Pastor Neil Westbrook

Pastor Neil Westbrook

Neil accepted a call to serve as the Senior Pastor at Forest Hills on Sunday, September 8, 2013. He is a North Carolina native and holds degrees from NC State, Duke Divinity School and Mercer University. Dr. Westbrook is a community-minded leader with a heart for the local church. He has served and helped to lead numerous service organizations including Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity. 

Neil and his wife, Whitney, have two children, Parker and Hadley, who are avid runners. On his days off, you will either find Neil reading or blogging in a local coffee shop or on the trail training for an adventure race.

PAUL TAULMAN, Associate Pastor for Seeking Christ

Paul accepted a call to serve as the Associate Pastor for Serving Christ at Forest Hills on June 8, 2014.  He is a Kentucky native and holds degrees from Georgetown College and Southern Seminary.  He loves the local church, and has served churches in both Kentucky and the Raleigh area.  Paul also has a passion for international missions, having led multiple trips overseas.

Paul and his wife Jana have 3 children, one in Kentucky, one in Illinois, and one still in North Carolina.  Paul loves loves spending time with his family, reading, watching movies, and watching University of Kentucky basketball.  Anytime he can do any of these things at the beach makes them that much better!

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Tyler Ward, Minister for Sharing Christ

Tyler is a graduate of Campbell University, with both a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a Master of Divinity, focusing on preaching and pastoral care, in 2013.  During his time at Campbell, Tyler was very active in the University’s campus ministry, serving on staff there from 2010 to 2013. Over the past several years, he has also worked for Camp Dixie and the Governor’s School of North Carolina.

A native of St. Pauls, NC, Tyler is more than willing to share story after story about the small town he holds near and dear to his heart. When not at Forest Hills, you can find him enjoying great
NC food at the Farmer’s Market, enjoying the sun and sand of Sunset Beach, or listening to the man in black, Johnny Cash.



A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classical History and Languages from Samford University and a Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University. Before coming to Forest Hills, he served at a Christian peace and reconciliation center in Northern Ireland. He is passionate about discussing the meaning of the Bible for our lives, involving others in God’s work in the world, and exploring the many different ways that faith can grow and flourish across the lifespan.

Outside of Forest Hills, Andrew enjoys hiking in the beautiful North Carolina mountains, reading a good book, and playing board games (and the more complicated the board game, the better). He is married to Jessie, a social worker.

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Gavin Spell, Ministry Coordinator for Youth

Gavin has felt a calling to youth ministry ever since he was in youth himself. He has a passion for discipling young people in their walk with Christ. He and his wife, Haley, are excited about their journey of working with the youth and families of Forest Hills.

Gavin studied Christian Ministries in his undergraduate studies at Campbell University and is currently attending The Divinity School at Campbell University to obtain a Masters of Divinity. Gavin has served at various churches and ministries in Dunn, Clinton, and Buies Creek.  When Gavin isn't at a youth function or studying, he enjoys photography, music, and spending time with family.

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Jason Payne, Ministry Coordinator to Internationals

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. Habakkuk 3:19 is a life verse for Jason, while his calling is articulated by Proverbs 31:8-9, Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. - He is specifically fueled by a passion, initiated at Forest Hills, to welcome, reach and equip Internationals with friendship, practical help, and God’s love.

Humbled and honored, Jason was called to serve the Lord at Forest Hills and minister to Internationals in our community. Following a degree from N.C. State in Social Work and International Studies, his professional experience includes 10 years in Refugee Resettlement on the local level in Raleigh and as Chairperson of the State Refugee Advisory Council of NC, three years as a US/C-2 Missionary in Philadelphia, and as a Port Chaplain Intern with Global Maritime Ministries in New Orleans. Jason counts it a privilege to have walked beside hundreds of refugees and immigrants as they find new life - both domestically and eternally through Salvation in Jesus Christ!


Jane Pan, Pastor, Chinese Baptist Church

Pastor Jane Pan

Pastor Jane Pan

Jane graduated from Southeastern Seminary at Wake Forest, NC with a doctorate degree specializing in ''Marriage and Family Enrichment.'' She with her late husband Reverend Robert Pan founded the Chinese Baptist Church in Raleigh. She has twenty years of counseling experience and is fluent in three languages (Chinese, English, and Japanese.) She engages as a workshop speaker for Marriage Enrichment both here in the United States and overseas. She is proud grandmother to two grandsons and one granddaughter.

Ngoma Masiala, Pastor, United African Baptist Church

Pastor Ngoma Masiala

Pastor Ngoma Masiala

Ngoma Masiala is the Pastor of the United African Baptist Church. He is a charter member of the congregation and has stood strongly with the church through its good and tough years.

Pastor Ngoma is a teacher by profession. He teaches French at Garner High School in Garner. He is currently working on his Ph.D degree in Education Administration.

He and his wife, the former Ms. Celestine Khonde, are from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Until the end of 2005, Mr. Masiala was the president of the Congolese Community of the Triangle Area of North Carolina, USA. He is both a strong leader in the church as well as very respected in the Congolese Community. Mr. and Mrs. Ngoma are the proud parents of four children—Allen, Nancy, Jerry and Chris.

Asad Hashemi, Pastor, Iranian Christian Fellowship of Raleigh

Pastor Asad Hashemi

Pastor Asad Hashemi

Asad Hashemi graduated from Tehran University in Iran with a Ph.D. in Psychology and worked as a family counselor. After coming to the United States and converting to Christianity, Asad graduated from Heritage Bible College in Dunn, North Carolina. Prior to coming to Forest Hills, Asad worked with the International Ministry at Northhaven Church in Raleigh. He served on the mission board of PFWB churches.

He and his wife Pat have 3 daughters, Tracy, Leila and Sahra.

He enjoys history and learning about different cultures. Asad joined the langauge ministry staff of Forest Hills in April of 2000.

Asad is Minister to Farsi Speakers with responsibilities for leading Forest Hills' Farsi Speakers Fellowship. This fellowship holds weekly worship services, Bible studies, and gatherings for Farsi-speaking Senior citizens as well as reaching out to refugees in the area.