Leadership

Lead Area Director

David Forsythe
Lead Area Director

David ForsytheRev. David Forsythe is the Lead Area Director for Mission Northeast.

Following a 26-year pastorate with First Baptist Church (CBA) in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, David has most recently served as an intentional Interim Pastor in churches in Maine and Massachusetts. Prior to his pastorate in Manchester-by-the-Sea, he held an 8-year pastorate in Colorado after completion of his M.Div studies at Denver Seminary. He was ordained in 1974 by Faith Baptist Church (CBA) in Cumberland Center, Maine. A former WorldVenture board member, David continues to serve with the Career Interview Committee.

David will represent Massachusetts and oversee additional Area Directors strategically located throughout the region. Their task is to come alongside pastors and churches, providing resources and encouragement for greater church health, leadership development, and church planting.

The Forsythes reside in Manchester where David serves the community as the senior call firefighter and chaplain with the Manchester Fire/Rescue Dept. He is also an active member of the Metro-Boston C.I.S.M. Team. David’s wife, Sue, was the Director of Student Health Services for Gordon College until her retirement. The Forsythes have two married adult children, Lauren and Scott.

Contact David at d.forsythe@missionnortheast.org

Lead Area Director Job Description

Area Coaches

Gershwin Grant
Area Coach -Hudson Valley

Gershwin GrantDr. Gershwin Grant, Ossining, NY  will be serving as the Area Coach of the Hudson Valley area of New York and additionally will be connecting with the churches of New York City until such time as there is an NYC Area Director.

After earning an architecture degree from the New York Institute of Technology and working in the field for several years, Gershwin accepted the Lord’s call to ministry.  He studied at the New York School of the Bible, the Seminary of the East, and Alliance Theological Seminary, finally earning his Masters’ Degree and Doctorate of Ministry from ATS.

During his years in New York City, Gershwin served as the Assistant Director of New York Gospel Outreach and as the Associate Director of the New York Christian Higher Education Consortium.  He planted a CB church in the Bronx, the His Glory Bible Fellowship, through Missions Door (formerly Mission to the Americas).

He has served as the Senior Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Ossining, New York, since 2002.  He is currently serving in this multi-cultural, multi-generational church with Cynthia, his wife of over 25 years.

Gershwin has a strong CB pedigree, having planted and served CB churches.  He is currently the moderator of the CB Hudson Valley Pastors’ Cluster and has served on the board of directors of WorldVenture (formerly CB International) and on the executive board of CB Mission Northeast.  Gershwin has also been the Christian Chaplain in the Baptist Division of the Hebrew Home for the Aged for nearly twenty years.

Contact Gershwin at g.grant@MissionNortheast.org

SCOTTY NEASBITT
Area Coach – Rhode Island & Connecticut

Scotty began serving as Senior Pastor of Barrington Baptist Church in Barrington, RI in September 2016. He loves working with the people of BBC to achieve God’s vision for His church in Barrington. Prior to coming to BBC, Pastor Scotty led a church he planted with a great team of people in Northwest Connecticut for over 10 years. Before that, he earned a BA in Psychology and a Master of Theology degree and worked as a communications manager in a diverse set of industries. Real partners in marriage and ministry, he and Wendy have been married for 21 years and are blessed with three loving and energetic children.

Contact Scotty at s.neasbitt@missionnortheast.org

Ira Hall
Area Coach – Maine
Ira Hall is a life-long resident of Maine and pastor of Bean’s Corner Baptist Church. He began serving as the Youth Pastor of Bean’s Corner in 1996, becoming Senior Pastor in December of 2006. During that time, he served four years as the Campus Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for University of Maine at Farmington. He has worked hard on continuing to connect with the younger generations and leading the church through transformational change.Ira is also the Director for Camp Berea of Maine.  He began working as a counselor in the summer of 1989 and became Director in 1998. Through working at Camp he has been able to connect to, and build relationships with, many churches throughout the state.Ira’s great passion is seeing the rural church of Maine be vibrant and effective in reaching the small communities that make up much of Maine.

Ira is married to Sarah and they homeschool their four children, Esther, Nathan, Micah, and Silas.

Contact Ira at i.hall@missionnortheast.org

Area Director Job Description