Meet the Church Staff 

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.