meet our pastors

Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 
3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 
4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 
5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 
6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 
7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.


  • pastor nate bishop, lead pastor

    Pastor Nate is currently serving as the Lead Pastor at Forest Baptist Church. Born and raised in Inkster, MI, he received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University and is presently pursuing a Master of Arts in Church Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Nate has served families in ministry for the past 16 years and is passionate for seeing the gospel restore broken homes and lives. Nate enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and playing ball. He is married to Dar-Isha Bishop and they have four wonderful children.


    Email: n8dabishop@gmail.com

  • pastor jimmy butts, associate pastor

    Jimmy is a native of the East coast of Virginia. He moved to Cincinnati where he met the love of his life Brittany. They were recently blessed with a "daddy's little girl", Selah.


    He holds an Associates of Bible degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry. He is currently working on a Masters of Divinity degree in Islamic Studies. Jimmy has focused on ministering to African-American men who adhere to non-Christian African-American religions for over 10 years and has written numerous articles on that topic. Licensed to preach in 2012 and ordained in 2013, he has served as an Associate and ministered in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area for about 6 years. He is a frequent revival preacher and has served the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as an intern and Student Associate for two years.


    Email: jbutts099@students.sbts.edu


  • PASTOR KEVIN JONES, ASSOCIATE PASTOR

    Pastor Kevin Jones is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and serves as our Pastor of Christian Education. He was licensed to preach at Consolidated Baptist Church in Lexington, KY under Richard Gaines. For years, he served as Youth Pastor of Watson Memorial Baptist Church under the leadership of Kevin Smith. With a longing for ethnic harmony, he and his family were members of Immanuel Baptist Church under the leadership of Ryan Fullerton prior to joining Forest Baptist Church. Part of his responsibilities aside from preaching, teaching Sunday school and leading a small group are overseeing Sunday school curriculum and teacher training. When not at Forest, he serves as the Associate Dean of Academic Innovation & Professor of Teacher Education at Boyce College.


    He is the Co-Editor of "Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention: Diverse African American and White Perspective". He is a contributor in "Perspectives on Family Ministry, Second Edition", a forthcoming work with B&H. He writes curriculum for "Menaissance", an innovative program connecting literacy and music. He has varied experience in the public school system, collegiate level teaching and administration. He also serves on the board of http://www.manhoodjourney.org. He is a research fellow for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Jones’ longing is to see fathers build resilient sons and Christian teachers and leaders impact the lives of students nationally and internationally, teaching, and leading to the glory of God. He and his high school sweetheart, Demica, have three children: Kennedi, Kevin Jr, and Karsynn.


    Email: kjones@sbts.edu