Rev. Aaron Baker came to Forest Home in the summer of 2015 to serve as Worship Pastor. Before joining this team, he and Katrina served in the same capacity at a couple churches in Indiana, most recently Indianapolis First Church of the Nazarene. Aaron and Katrina met at Ambassador Foundation Institute in the Indianapolis area, where they traveled together on a team that performed music and drama presentations. Aaron graduated from Harrison College with a degree in Travel Management, which has nothing to do with his responsibilities at Forest Home, but it does help him get to the office on time! Where Aaron’s passion is leading people into God’s presence through music, Katrina enjoys drama. Their children Kristen and Tyler are both very involved in their parent’s ministry both in front as well as in tech support roles.
The Baker’s love traveling, both for leisure and on short-term mission trips, or sitting around the house with their dog Romeo watching Colt’s football!
Deb McFarlane joined the Forest Home team in the fall of 2003. If you call in or stop by, Deb will be the one to greet you! In addition to ably carrying out her duties as receptionist, Deb performs a variety of tasks for both the Minister of Students and the Minster of Music and Drama.Deb and her husband John are the parents of two grown sons, Josh a software development engineer in Seattle, Washington and Brian a bank branch manager in Jonesboro.
Phyllis Scott has served on staff at Forest Home since 1996. When she first came to work at Forest Home, Phyllis served as secretary to Pastor Stallings, but her dedication and ability allowed her responsibilities to grow. She now serves as Director of Lay Ministries, coordinating all involvement of the laity in the various areas of ministry. In this role, Phyllis oversees the Commitment process that allows each member to get involved in an area of ministry to which God is calling them, as well as overseeing the training of those who volunteer for many of our ministries. She serves in a thousand other ways at Forest Home. Phyllis is originally from Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, and has a heritage of ministry, since her parents have been in pastoral ministry for many years. Phyllis and husband, Dan are the parents of two daughters, Stephanie and Ashley who both live and work in Jonesboro. Ashley and husband, Bartlee Nance are the parents of Jackson, Bailee, and Levi. Dan and Phyllis are blessed to have their family involved with them in ministry and worship at Forest Home. In her spare time, Phyllis can be found reading a good book or enjoying time with the grandkids!!
Rev. Peter Kline, or as he is more formally known, pASTOR pETE, has been on staff at Forest Home since November 2005, serving as our Minister to Students--Junior High, High School and College ages. He first started in ministry in Iowa in 1996 and has since then served in Colorado and Kansas before coming to Forest Home. He graduated from Vennard College (Oskaloosa, IA) in 1995 with a double BA in World Missions Aviation and Bible Theology as well as an AS in Aviation Pilot Training from Indian Hills Community College (Ottumwa, IA).pASTOR pETE and his wife, Danielle, have three children--Andrew, Nathan, and Makenzie. Danielle works in the special Ed department at an elementary school, in addition to helping pETE with the students, getting to know them and challenging them to live their lives for Christ--daily! Their kids are involved in many extra-curricular activities that include, but are not limited to: Cross Country, Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Reading, and much more. They each love learning new things that life has to offer them. Some of pASTOR pETE'S favorite things to do include spending time with students just hanging out, visiting with families at sporting events, watching sports on TV (anything Michigan), but mostly doing things with his family!
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Reverend Ken Stallings has served as the Senior Pastor of Forest Home since 1987. Prior to that, he served on the pastoral staff at College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, Kansas. He graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1978 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2014, Southern Nazarene University bestowed on him an honorary Dr. of Divinity degree. Pastor Stallings is a native of Jonesboro and a graduate of both Jonesboro High School and Arkansas State University.
His wife, Linda is involved in many ministries at Forest Home and serves as chief encourager for the Forest Home congregation! Her love for children is evidenced by her continued leadership of the Children’s musical/dramas that are presented twice each year. In 2003, Linda battled breast cancer and came to understand that “…everyday is a gift…” that is to be lived to the fullest. In 2011, she won a second fight with cancer which only reinforced her understanding that "everyday is a gift."
For the North Arkansas District Church of the Nazarene, Pastor Stallings serves as a member of the District Advisory Board, Board of Credentials, and Finance Committee. In the summer of 2001, he was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for Southern Nazarene University. He also served as Chairman of the District Sunday School Ministries Board from 2001 – 2010. From 2010 until 2014, he served as the District Secretary. As part of his desire to make a difference in the community of Jonesboro, Pastor Stallings is also involved in several community organizations. When it's time to relax, Ken enjoys golf, flying, and reading.