What you will find when you visit Forestdale Baptist Church is, a warm and friendly welcome from some of the finest folks this side of heaven. We have an all King James Bible Sunday School for ages 3 and up, as we believe The King James Bible, is the only true version of the Word of God for America today.
We are as Old Fashioned as is possible in this modern age, in which we are living, and we are an Independent, Fundamental, Missionary Baptist Church, where I believe you will find the services to be both, sweet, and refreshing. You will not hear any Rock music, and very little, if any contemporary songs are used in our services. Our choir will be singing the old church hymns, along with a few special songs which our choir has come to enjoy.
You will hear old time Bible preaching, which we hope will help you to grow in the Lord, as you continue to walk in his footsteps. The Holy Spirit is present in every service, and we are seeing folks converted through, and by Holy Ghost conviction. People are being blessed and strengthened by God's presence in our services. These are the things which are most important to the congregation at Forestdale Baptist Church.
If this is the kind of church you are interested in, then I hope you will stop by and visit with us.
Forestdale Baptist Church is, and always has been an Old Fashion, Traditional church, where we try to uphold a standard of the Holiness, and Righteousness, which I believe God expects from his children.
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Pastor Dave Hutchison
What To Expect
Forestdale Baptist Church was organized in the 1960's by Bro. Jack Wilkerson, who would become the church's only pastor for the next, nearly fifty years. When the decision was made to organize the church, Bro. Wilkerson enlisted the late, Dr. Bob Bevington, pastor of Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle, for guidance and assistance in the organization process. Bro. Wilkerson labored at the church, with his faithful wife, Sister Sharon Wilkerson working by his side, until age and deteriorating health problems forced them to step down.
About two years before Bro. Jack resigned, the Lord saw fit to lead my wife and I to the church, and a short time after we started attending, I was asked if I would consider becoming the Associate Pastor, as Brother Wilkerson's health continued to decline. I was blessed to have the opportunity to work along side of my pastor until he made the decision that he could no longer continue, and on Sunday morning, December 29, 2013, Brother Jack Wilkerson resigned, and the church voted me in as their second pastor. Brother and Sister Wilkerson remained faithful to the church, and to me, with him helping me as much as his health would allow until February 24, 2017, when the Lord called him home. Sister Sharon spent most of her life laboring for the Lord, until her own health problems, dictated that she can no longer continue. Now her family covets the prayers of all Gods children, on her behalf.
Hi, I'm Brother David (Dave) Hutchison, Pastor of Forestdale Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. I feel both blessed, and thankful that you have found your way to our church website. Please, allow me to introduce myself to you.
I was blessed to be born into a Christian family where I grew up with each day of my life being engulfed by moral, Christian values. I was taught the importance of faithful and regular church attendance by my parents and grandparents, and Jesus was always included in the conversations around our home. At the age of nine the Holy Spirit convicted my heart and drew me to make my way to the altar where I accepted Christ as my savior.
My wife, Carol and I, have been married for forty-nine years. We were married when I was eighteen, and she was sixteen years old. We dated, primarily in church, as her parents would rarely ever allow her to go anywhere else. We began singing together, about two or three months into our courtship, and we still sing together today. I accepted my call to preach the gospel in January 1975 and spent the first nine years doing evangelistic work, preaching revivals, and filling in for pastors, where ever I was needed. In May 1984, God gave me a pastors heart, and I began pastoring small churches, and that is what my calling is today. I have been at Forestdale Baptist Church since 2012, and have been their pastor since December 2013, and I feel very blessed to be able to labor with this wonderful congregation of Christians.