Crozet United Methodist Church pastor Rev. Doug Forrester, under whom the church has clearly prospered over the last nine years, held his last service in the church June 15. He was toasted by the congregation at a farewell party afterward.
Forrester has been tapped by Virginia Conference Bishop Chung Jin Cho to be the Senior Pastor of Reveille United Methodist Church on Cary Street Road in Richmond. He started there July 1. Forrester called the move “bittersweet.”
Before coming to Crozet in 2005, Forrester had served in churches in Newport News and Prince George County. Popular with his congregation, he became known to the rest of Crozet by serving as chaplain of the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department and for the eloquent case he made for the new Crozet Library, which was widely appreciated as speaking the heart of the town.
CUMC Lay Leader J. R. Sanders called Forrester “beloved” by the congregation and praised him for his spiritual leadership, his “masterful sermons” and his attention to every ministry of the church. His impact was uplifting, Sanders said.
CUMC’s new pastor is Rev. Jim Chandler, who comes to Crozet from Crossroads United Methodist Church in Ashburn with his wife and two teenage daughters.