Our Missions/Admin. Pastor, Joe Veres


Joe and his family have been a part of Forest Baptist Church since 2002, and in September 2007 he was called to be our Church Administrator and Minister of Missions. Joe brings to our church more than twenty-five years of experience in business administration and a demonstrated commitment to missions. Prior to joining the church staff, Joe worked at Genworth Financial, GE Capital, and J.Crew. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Averett University and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.



Joe and April

Joe and April in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Joe has been married to his wife April since 1987. They have two children: Joseph (married to Lily) and Kyle (married to Elizabeth).

Joseph, Lily, and Hudson under the mango tree

Joseph, Lily, Hudson and Grayson, Easter 2016, Malawi, Africa

Joseph is a 2010 Biblical Studies graduate of Cedarville University and was married to Lily on May 29, 2011. He is currently working on his M.Div. in International Church Planting at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lily is a RN graduate of Cedarville University. Joseph and Lily live in Lilongwe, Malawi (Southeastern Africa) and have two sons: Hudson Joseph, born January 28 2014, and Grayson Andrew, born August 23, 2015.

Joe and April are so very thankful that God has blessed them with grandchildren!

Grandpa, Grandma, Hudson and Grayson, Christmas in Africa 2016

Grandpa, Grandma, Hudson and Grayson, Christmas in Africa 2016

Kyle is a 2013 Mechanical Engineering graduate of Virginia Tech and was married to Elizabeth on May 23, 2015. Elizabeth is a 2015 Criminal Justice graduate of Liberty University. Kyle is employed by Westinghouse and they live in Chattanooga, TN.

Kyle and Elizabeth Veres

Kyle and Elizabeth Veres



The Veres family has been involved in missions for many years. They have served internationally in Brazil, Costa Rica, Macau, Mexico, Nigeria, Romania, Saint Kitts, Thailand and Trinidad and Tobago. Domestically they have served in VBS events in Vermont, South Carolina, and New York, in Disaster Relief in Kentucky and West Virginia, and in local missions in the Forest area through the church.