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Sam Boyd’s resignation and subsequent letter to the church congregation have left many dealing with shock, confusion, fear, and hurt. After this sudden experience, we’re not without hope, and we believe that transparency will allow us to enter into a Gospel-centered season of healing, reconciliation, and unity. In Jesus’ words in John 8:31–32, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
 
Because of continuing questions, concerns, and emerging information, we feel it necessary to share additional information on Sam’s actions and our response to them.
 
In late July of 2019, some of the Elders received concerns from Sam’s daughters about his spiritual well-being. Their concerns arose from information learned that Sam Boyd had engaged in inappropriate relationships with several women, in some instances of a sexual nature, both inside and outside of our church body dating back to 2016. The Elders conducted an investigation, including communicating with parties involved, and Sam Boyd admitted to the inappropriate conduct.  
 
Sam Boyd submitted his letter of resignation to an Elder on the morning of Sunday, August 25, 2019. The Elders believe that while no sin is above repentance and God’s forgiveness, Sam’s actions have disqualified him from being the pastor of Forest Hills Baptist Church. Therefore, the Elders unanimously accepted his resignation at an Elder meeting on Monday, August 26, 2019.
 
Sam Boyd served at and contributed to Forest Hills Baptist Church for more than 12 years. Simultaneously, unchecked sin has resulted in harm to the congregation and the body of Christ. Christ died to free us from the power of sin. It is in that spirit that each of us, when we sin, need to repent and seek to live out a ministry of reconciliation. That is our prayer for Sam.
You are receiving this email because we want you to know that our ministers, Elders and Deacons are available to you and stand ready to serve anyone who may need care now or in the future. If you have suffered or are currently suffering as a result of these or other similar circumstances, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at care@fhbc.org.
As a church, we grieve and mourn that this is now part of our story. Yet, we remember that we are defined first and foremost by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that He is the head of our church. We hope in the goodness and mercy of God, trusting in Him to raise up a new senior pastor that will lead us into Forest Hills Baptist Church’s next chapter. With this in mind, we invite you to join us for a special worship and prayer service on Sunday, September 22 at 4:00pm in the new ELEVATE Worship Center. We will weather this storm together as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

In Christ,

The Elders & Ministers of Forest Hills Baptist Church






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