Greenforest Community Baptist Church
Serving the South DeKalb community through its many ministries, missions and services, Greenforest has a membership body in excess of 3,000 members. Its 94-acre campus includes the Greenforest-McCalep Christian Academic Center which houses an accredited Academy (grades Pre-K 3 through 12th grade).
In 1989, as the Lord blessed the church under the leadership of Rev. McCalep, the Greenforest congregation took several bold steps of faith as they purchased the 16-acre Mt. Carmel Christian Church facility located on Rainbow Drive and subsequently added an additional 78 acres. Under Pastor McCalep’s 27 years of visionary leadership, Greenforest experienced tremendous expansion and growth in population, facilities, ministries and influence as a model church across Georgia and North America. Rev. McCalep served as senior pastor until the Lord called him home on December 23, 2006.
In January 2007, the Rev. Dennis Mitchell (who served as the Greenforest Executive Pastor from 1996 through 1998) was called to serve as interim pastor as the church family experienced a period of mourning over the loss of Pastor McCalep. On Wednesday evening, November 7, 2007, Rev. Dennis Mitchell was selected overwhelmingly ) as the new Greenforest Senior Pastor.
In August 2016, Pastor Berry was called to be the 4th Senior Pastor of Greenforest Community Church in Decatur, Georgia. Prior to this assignment, Rev. Berry served as the pastor of Fourth Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. During his leadership, the church grew numerically, spiritually, and programmatically.