JJ was born and raised (for the most part) in the Dallas area. Not really growing up in church, JJ was a teenager before he heard the gospel, and Jesus changed his life. He began to teach and preach the Bible when he was 15, and has been doing so ever since. JJ and his wife, Lindsay, met in Oklahoma City. They were married in 2002 and now have five crazy kids. A graduate of Heartland Baptist Bible College, JJ served with Lindsay both as a youth pastor and as an associate pastor in two different ministries in Texas before they moved to Rockville, Maryland to start Forest Hills where they have been since the fall of 2014. In 2019, JJ published his first book, Witnessing Like Paul, which you can learn more about HERE. JJ loves food, traveling, riding his bike, and reading all in that order, and New York City is still his favorite place to visit. To find out more or check out his blog, feel free to visit JoeLuskJr.com.
Originally from South Dakota, Lindsay served alongside her husband in two different ministries in Texas before moving to Rockville in 2014 to help start Forest Hills. Her favorite part about church planting is seeing the Word of God transform the lives of those around her. In addition to serving her church family, she also spends a bulk of her time managing the family calendar (with five kids, there always seems to be something going on). She enjoys family movie nights, lazy Saturday afternoons (when they actually happen!) and coffee out with sweet friends.
Nathanael is a proud Hoosier, born and raised in northern Indiana. After high school, he joined the United States Army. His time in the military took him to Georgia, Arizona (where he & his wife Jessica were married in 2009), Afghanistan, and Texas. Nathanael began to feel God’s leading into the ministry after leaving the military and began training at a Bible Institute in Texas. In March of 2018, God led Nathanael, Jessica, and their two children to Rockville, Maryland to serve at Forest Hills. In addition to serving as youth pastor and deacon at Forest Hills, Nathanael also works as a telecommunications systems engineer. Working with teenagers, learning from them, and watching them grow in their faith is one of his favorite things about serving at Forest Hills. Nathanael enjoys Chicago Bears football, movies, good coffee, playing video games, spicy foods, and spending time with his family.
Jessica is a former small-town girl from Willcox, Arizona and, prior to moving to Maryland, spent most of her life in the beautiful American Southwest. She studied education at Golden State Baptist College and now puts that degree to good use homeschooling her children.
Jessica is married to Nathanael and they have 2 children, with one more due in March of 2020. At Forest Hills, Jessica plays the piano for services, works with the youth along with Nathanael, runs our social media, and helps out with photography at church functions.
Jessica loves history and loves living in the DC area and getting to visit so many historical places. She also loves coffee, Mexican food (especially anything with green chilies!), crafting, the Chicago Bears, and thrift shopping.
Having grown up in Xenia, Ohio and recently moving here in 2018, Jeffrey now has the wonderful privilege to lead the music ministry here at Forrest Hills. His goal is to focus on the content of the songs and on the genuine praise and worship that music can give to God. Outside of church, Jeffrey’s biggest goal in life is to provide for his family and to live in such a way that lays down a foundation for future generations to follow. There are few thing that motivate him more than the thought of taking care of and investing in the people that are closest to him. Jeffrey likes to spend his free time with close friends and often relaxes through recreational cycling or simply getting outdoors and unplugging from the city. There are few places He would rather spend his time than at a campsite on a lake.
Dan came to Forest Hills searching for answers to some of life’s most challenging questions. In the process of having the most important answers revealed, he learned to trust Jesus (again). He feels privileged to serve where needed as a deacon, and within the relaunch of Forest Hills’ missions program.
He deeply values the many ways in which diversity is expressed in the the DC Metro area, especially the diversity of ideas and worldviews. He loves hearing all sides of a topic, and pursuing truth with the intent of using the knowledge he gains to serve people. He is excited to be part of and see what unity through, truth and shared values, authentically looks like.
Outside of reading and writing, Dan loves playing team sports, memes, hole-in-the-wall food joints, biking the many awesome DMV bike paths, and appreciates good music. He believes youngins today don’t know good hip-hop; prayerfully hoping the musically lost will come to the light, and understand Drake is the most overrated rapper of all time.
Tom is originally from Illinois, just north of Chicago (Go Bears and Cubs!) He lived in Alabama for several years and, after a brief time living back in Illinois, he’s lived in the DC area since about 2009. His favorite thing about living in the DC area is the proximity to so many interesting places to visit. His least favorite thing is the cost of living!
His role at Forest Hills Baptist Church, along with his wife Melissa Harrod, is to coordinate outreach activities. This means planning our community outreach efforts for the church’s mid-week small groups.
For fun, he enjoys reading – mainly fiction and books on Roman and Greek history. He also enjoys listening to podcasts of many types. In terms of travel, he’d really like to visit the Mediterranean – Rome, Greece, Israel, Egypt, and North Africa.
Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Melissa spent much of her life there, loving the city as well as the rolling green hills of Pennsylvania. She has also lived in Los Angeles and Chicago. Now she is a recent transplant to the D.C. area, and loves how diverse the greater metro area is. This diversity, along with the warm, Christ-centered community is one of the things that drew her to Forest Hills. In her role with Community Outreach, Melissa partners with her husband Tom to find opportunities for the church not only to connect with the community at large, but also to serve others, wherever there are needs. She enjoys any baking, traveling domestically and internationally, exploring cities that are new to her, practicing yoga, connecting with people from different cultures, and checking out new restaurants.
A North Dakota native, Rachel moved to the Washington, DC area in 2015 to work on Capitol Hill. She eventually started attending Forest Hills and has grown to love the people here. Rachel helps with the Pre-school and Missions Programs. It is amazing to watch what God has done in just a few years and to have the opportunity to be a part of it. In her free time, Rachel enjoys traveling, taking pictures, being outdoors, trying new things, and of course politics.
Milton was born outside of New Orleans and and moved to Rockville when he was 6, thus becoming a “Rockvillain” at an early age. Milton came to know the Lord a few years after college and joined Forest Hills Baptist Church in 2015. FHBC has been a true blessing to Milton and his young family – the staff and members have been immensely helpful as Milton and Linda have seen their family increase with three little ones in the recent years. FHBC has also helped Milton better understand his relationship with the Lord and what he desires from Milton. At FHBC, Milton has the privilege of serving on the Missions team and enjoys getting to know the various members on a personal level.
Outside of church, Milton is a serial hobbyist, diving headfirst into hobby after hobby (often to his wife’s chagrin). From photography to sports to cooking to traveling and most recently cycling, Milton enjoys the challenge of learning the various facets of a new hobby and mastering the intricacies of that new interest.
Linda grew up in Tempe, Arizona and moved to the Washington Metropolitan Area in 2002. Linda lives in Rockville with her husband, Milton, and three young children. Forest Hills has been a tremendous blessing to her family and it has been exciting to see her kids grow and learn about the Bible. Linda loves being a part of the Pre-school and Missions Ministries and it is such a joy to watch the young children sing joyfully and hear lessons from the Bible. Linda enjoys baking desserts and trying new pastry shops as well as traveling with the family.
Andrew grew up in Taiwan and moved to the U.S. in high school. In the U.S., Andrew came to know Jesus, and he accepted Jesus as his savior after college. Andrew made Forest Hills his home because people at Forest Hills are very hospitable. After joining the church, he had a desire to be hospitable too, so he joined the hospitality ministry and started greeting people. Andrew enjoys cooking, hiking, playing guitar, and watching movies and football. His favorite team is the Baltimore Ravens.