So just who is Penn Forest Worship Center? We are a small Wesleyan congregation with a huge vision for the future, serving an even bigger God, dedicated to relentless pursuit of God and the people he loves. Our mission has five parts: reaching, uniting, growing, discovering and committing. No matter where you are in your walk with Christ, Penn Forest Worship Center has a spot just for you. We offer Sunday morning services and classes, as well as Wednesday night fellowship opportunities. Our ministries range from kids, youth and adult groups to scouting, supporting overseas missionaries and hosting church-wide activities.
Penn Forest Worship Center exists to reach non-believers, to unite them with Christians, help them grow in their faith, discover their gifts and see them become radically committed to Jesus Christ both in life and in death.
Relentless Pursuit of God and the people He loves.
So what does it mean to be a Wesleyan?
The Wesleyan Church, a Protestant denomination, believes in biblical authority, Christlikness, disciple-making, centering on local churches, servant leadership, and unity in diversity. Additional details are available online at www.wesleyan.org.
What we believe:
Pastor Myron, Lead Pastor
Pastor Myron Atkinson came to serve as the Lead Pastor in June of 2001. He is a native of Indiana and has been in ministry for the past 20 years. He has served as Youth Pastor, Assistant Pastor, and Lead Pastor. He has ministered in Huntington, IN; Southgate, MI; Saint Albans, WV, and now Roanoke, VA, He is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. Pastor Atkinson is married to Mandy Atkinson. She is the Kidz ZONE midweek director. Together they have four children: Jared, Christina, Chad, and Jonah.
Darren Chilson, Assistant Pastor
Darren and Courtney have served in student ministry since graduating from Indiana Wesleyan in 2010. Darren is from the beautiful Flint, MI and Courtney grew up in Zanesville, OH. They have been married since 2009 and have two young boys; Hudson and Owen. They love serving the church, watching 24, and drinking Dr. Pepper.
Paul began working with our children’s ministry during the summer of 2012 and in Novmeber of 2012 the church officially hired Paul as our Children’s Ministry Director. Paul and his wife Amy are both from Roanoke and they both work in the Roanoke City Schools. They have two great children, a boy and a girl.
Paul oversees a great team of people working with our children’s ministry from newborn through 5th grade.
Local Board of Administration Leadership Team
Myra Taylor serves as our Vice-Chair of our LBA Leadership Team and Secretary. She also teaches a Connect and Grow group and sings on our praise team.
Nancy Phillips serves on our LBA Leadership Team as our Treasurer and also is our Bible Quiz coach.
Ray Oyler serves on the LBA Leadership Team as the board representative Trustee, he is also a Connect and Grow group teacher.
Rory MacGregor serves on the LBA Leadership Team as a congregational representative, he is also a Connect and Grow group teacher.
Kathy Poff serves on the LBA Leadership Team as a congregational representative.
2015 Local Church Conference
On Wednesday night, May 7th, we held our annual local church conference business meeting. Reports from our various ministries as well as financial reports were shared and received with enthusiasm! We also elected our LBA for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Those elected to the local board of administration (aka church board, LBA leadership team) were: Myra Taylor – Secretary, Nancy Phillips – Treasurer, Kathy Poff and Rory MacGregor – Members at Large, Ray Oyler – Head Trustee.
The LCC also approved, by faith, the budget for the new fiscal year in the amount of $209,205.00. This is a 10% increase over last year. The weekly needed amount is $3,578.08.