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David Chadwick

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Thank you for visiting our website! With thousands of people coming to our services across all campuses and many listening online, it is impossible for me to respond to everyone. I love being a shepherd to this flock, but part of being a shepherd is knowing when to share the workload.

One thing we strive to accomplish is making me accessible to our members. If you have not joined our Forest Hill family, I encourage you to attend Starting Point or talk with your LifeGroup leader about becoming a member.

Serving a body our size is both a privilege and blessing. Getting to know each one of you personally is something I might never achieve but am constantly working towards. With that being said, Forest Hill is not a one-man show. We have incredibly gifted pastors and staff who carry much of the ministry workload. You can see them in the leadership and key contacts sections of this website.

If you are sending a note of encouragement, please know that your words are much appreciated! I can’t always get back with you, but please know that I read them weekly in preparation for teaching.

Under His Grace,
David Chadwick
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David Chadwick

A native of North Carolina, Dr. David Chadwick graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill where he played basketball and was a member of the 1969 NCAA Final Four Basketball Team. In addition to his undergraduate degree in Communications, David has a graduate degree in Counseling from the University of Florida plus a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary.

David has been the pastor of Forest Hill Church since 1980 where worship has grown from 180 to more than 4,000 with campuses located in Ballantyne, Rock Hill and South Park. In addition, he hosts The David Chadwick Show, a local weekly radio program on WBT 1110AM -- intersecting contemporary issues from a faith and values perspective.

Having gleaned from his years of playing basketball for Dean Smith, David has written The Twelve Leadership Principles of Dean Smith and has developed a successful leadership seminar based on the principles outlined in the book. In addition, he has written My Father, My Friend, reflecting on what his father taught him about life, relationships, marriage and faith and Moments of Hope, written after the attacks of September 11, 2001. David also writes a blog offering insight into daily scripture readings based on Forest Hill’s Bible Reading Schedule.

David and his wife, Marilynn, have three children, Bethany, David Banner, Michael, son-in-law Ryan and granddaughter Anna Grace.