Founded In 1992
A Church In Louisville For Over 29 Years
Forestpark is a church in Louisville, KY founded in late 1992 by Ronnie and Julie Caswell, along with a handful of other followers of Christ.
Forestpark was first a bible study in Ronnie & Julies apartment in the Lyndon area. Soon, the bible study grew and expanded to a hotel. After nearly a year, Forestpark moved into their own church building located in the Jtown area.
Since Then, We've Grown
Today, Forestpark is located off Watterson Trail in the Fern Creek area. Being a church in Louisville, Forestpark strives to serve the community and reach the city for Jesus Christ.
Forestpark is heavily involved in many different ministries across Kentuckiana, including FCA Motocross, JAM, the CMA, and more. We are also involved in a few ministries outside our nation’s borders, including a yearly mission trip to Central America.
If you would like to learn more about our story and how you can play a part in serving, contact us!
Articles of Faith
Forestpark Community Church affirms all articles of the Baptist Faith and Message which can be found in its entirety at this link, or a paper copy can be provided upon request. Below are brief summations of some points in the Baptist Faith and Message as related to Forestpark, but are not to be mistaken for the full affirmation.
God is Triune: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: One Essence, Three Persons.
Forestpark affirms a high view of Scripture, meaning all of scripture is God breathed, and is without error in the task of teaching, correcting and reproving, and training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16-17).
All people are fallen and sinful, but they are also created in the image of God (Imago Dei).
Salvation is only available by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. While God has comprehensive knowledge of all things and the gift of grace is offered to all men, it is man’s free choice to accept or reject the gift.
The Kingdom of God is already and not yet. The Kingdom’s entrance began with the start of Jesus’ earthly ministry, but it has not arrived in full yet. The Kingdom will only arrive in full when Christ returns in physical form and restores Creation. Satan will be defeated, and there will be a final judgement for all.
Evangelism and missions are a priority for all believers and the effort of every healthy church. Forestpark Community Church was called into existence to reach disconnected Christians and unchurched people with love and acceptance in order to help them become fully devoted followers of Christ. To this end Forestpark cooperates with other like- minded churches and ministries.
The Bible has directives for marriage and the family. Marriage is to be the uniting of one man to one woman in a life-long covenant (Genesis 2:24). Children, from conception, are a gift from God, a blessing and a heritage. Parents are to demonstrate the pattern for marriage in their home and raise children with a moral compass, to know the truth of Scripture, and the promises of God to His people.
The Church is an assembly of people, broken and damaged themselves, in need of a shepherd. Worship is held on Sunday, the Lord’s day, memorializing Christ’ resurrection. Baptism is by immersion, following a public profession of faith in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience, symbolizing the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Communion (The Lord’s Supper) is an act of obedience memorializing the death of Christ and His final return.
We believe the church exists for the following four purposes:
We exist to reach lost and unchurched people.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” -Mark 16:15
We look for opportunities to share Christ through relationships, meeting peoples needs and serving others in His name.
We exist to make disciples.
It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. -Ephesians 4:11-13
We strive to establish people in the truth of God’s word and help them to discover and develop their spiritual gifts. We believe that every Christian has been called and equipped to serve the Lord’s church through a variety of means.
We exist to advance the Kingdom of God.
You, my brothers, were called to be free, But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself. -Galatians 5:13-14
By demonstrating Christ’s love in a hurting world, our goal is to impact our community and neighbors in ways that will honor Christ.
We exist to glorify God.
I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. -Psalm 34:1-3
We provide opportunity to worship the Lord through music and the arts that is both celebrative and reflective.
Meet the staff of Forestpark.
Meet Carson, our Senior Pastor. Carson was born and raised in Louisville, but is all about his Kentucky Wildcats! Carson received his bachelors degree from Boyce College.
Chris has a heart for the Lord, as well as writing and recording his own worship songs. He has been with Forestpark since 1998, and leading worship since 2000.
Mary has a Masters of Arts in Christian Education with a specialty in Children’s Ministry from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where she graduated in May 2005.
Meet Derema! A Louisville native, and graduate from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Spanish. She is a woman known for her character and wisdom.
Ronnie is the Founding Pastor of Forestpark Community Church. Ronnie started Forestpark back in 1992 in a hotel room and now helped grown it into the church it is today.
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