Our Mission & Vision

Believing that the church is called to be salt and light to the world, the West Newbury Congregational Church takes seriously the need to foster worship, fellowship, evangelism and discipleship among the churched and the unchurched in the Merrimack Valley. We endeavor to do this prayerfully and in love and power of the Holy Spirit encouraging one another to utilize our individual gifts. We take the teachings of Scripture as our guide in spreading the truth through the Gospel.

We will carry this out by making our

worship an expression of our heartfelt praise and adoration to God: by insuring that our fellowship extends even to risking involvement in the lives of the Body of Christ –  the Church; by proclaiming the gospel by any means and to as many people as possible; and by living as disciples

through submission to the Word of God so that this quality may be reproduced in others.


is a theologically conservative denomination believing in the autonomy of each local church under the Headship of Christ.  We are comprised of churches that flow from various streams of history including Congregational, Christian, and Evangelical and Reformed and independent Community churches.  We are solidly committed to the basic doctrines of the Christian faith, but allow for diversity in those areas where Christians have tended to disagree.  Our members hold strong convictions, but do not believe that Christians should divide over secondary issues.  As an evangelical denomination, we are fervently committed to evangelism and missions for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

Rev. David Forsythe, Transition Pastor   Pastor David Forsythe began his ministry with West Newbury Congregational Church on November 27, 2016. the first Sunday of Advent. Following a 26-year pastorate with First Baptist Church in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, David more recently concluded a 21-month interim pastorate with the First Baptist Church in Rockland, Maine.   In addition to his pastoral ministry experience, Pastor Forsythe trained for Interim Pastoral Ministry and Pastoral Transitions. His goal is to serve, stabilize, and strengthen the local church in preparation for its next settled pastor. Over the course of his ministry he has mentored 35 seminarians in partial fulfillment of their M. Div. requirements. He holds a B.A. in Biblical Literature from Northeastern Bible College and an M. Div. from Denver Seminary with a concentration in Theology. He was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 1974 by Faith Baptist Church (CBAmerica) in Cumberland Center, Maine. A former member of the Board of Directors for WorldVenture, David continues to serve with the Career Interview Committee.   David is the Executive Director for Mission Northeast, a regional association of 240 Conservative Baptist churches throughout New England & New York State. While his primary focus is on the Massachusetts churches, David oversees Area Directors strategically located throughout the region. Their task is to come alongside pastors and churches, providing resources and encouragement for greater church health, leadership development, and church planting.   The Forsythes reside in Manchester-by-the-Sea where David has served the community as a call firefighter (ret.) and chaplain with the Manchester Fire/Rescue Dept. He is also an active member of the Metro-Boston C.I.S.M. Team. David’s wife, Sue, is the Director of Student Health Services for Gordon College. The Forsythes have two married adult children, Lauren and Scott.