Our Mission & Vision

Forest Hills Church is a dynamic and loving place made just for you, a church where you’ll receive a warm welcome and an extended hand of Christian fellowship no matter what your religious affiliation.  We are unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are united in our love for Him and for all with whom we come into contact.  In our lives, together, the world sees the Power of God in our Forgiveness to overcome alienation, the strength of Love to transform hate, the power of Mercy to break the bonds of guilt, the triumph of Hope over despair, the bounty we receive from Grace, and the victory of Faith over doubt!  We are a thriving Christian community, so come and visit us soon!  We are conveniently located across from Edward Jones Investments at 1702 Forest Hills Boulevard in the beautiful Bella Vista Highlands. 


Our Mission Statement

“Forest Hills Church (An American Baptist Congregation) is a community of Christians called by God to be an expression of His love and Forgiveness through Jesus Christ, to all people, especially those living around us.”  

Our History

Forest Hills Church began with a few families meeting in homes for dinner, prayer, and wonderful fellowship. Twenty-five charter members made the fellowship official as Judson American Church in 1989.  The current church property and buildings were acquired in 1990 and renovated in 1992.  Forest Hills Church is the sole American Baptist Church in Arkansas.  We are a dynamic community of Christian believers where members of all denominations are welcome as our guests.  

Our Origin

Forest Hills Church is a member of American Baptist Churches USA, one of the most diverse Christian denominations today.  The organization comprises more than 5,500 local congregations and 1.3 million members. American Baptist Churches date back to 1638 when Roger Williams founded the first Baptist Church in America in Providence, Rhode Island.  Forest Hills Church honors the service of Adoniram Judson, the most prominent missionary in the early American Baptist Church (ABC).  We honor his life of devotion and service with our support of worldwide missions sponsored by the ABC-USA and its affiliates.  

Our Beliefs

Forest Hills Church is a warm and welcoming place where we see Jesus is the Light of the world.  We believe each of us is made in the image of God for a single purpose – to share the light of Christ.  We are lighthouses to one another, but the guiding light in our lives is none other than Christ our Savior.  Our beliefs and the sole foundation for our understanding of God’s plan for each of us is the Holy Bible.  The Bible is God’s revealed Word to us – the one foundation for all matters of life and faith.  While many people fear the word “Doctrine,” the inspiration and inerrant nature of God’s Word require diligent study and accurate teaching; we do not add to the Scripture when it is silent, and we shout it to the mountaintops when it speaks.    




Our New Life

Being a Christian doesn’t magically dissolve adversity or prevent sin.  We are still human-sinful by nature and living in a broken world.  God’s desire is to transform us into the people He created us to be.  We, as Baptists, take our name and our practice of immersion from the act of baptism that Jesus commanded (Mark 16:16) and received himself (Matthew 3:13-17).  Being immersed into water symbolizes Christ’s death and being raised up from the water symbolizes His resurrection from the dead.  More importantly, it signifies before many witnesses the new life that we have as followers of Jesus.  God wants to transform us from our former sinful selves into new creatures in Christ. 

“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”   2 Corinthians 5:17


Our New Abundance

Being a follower of Jesus isn’t easy. It is difficult to make the right choices and act in ways that honor God. Yet He promises us that, in the midst of life’s challenges and trials, we need only to approach Him to find rest. God’s promises, when we enter into a relationship with Him by faith in Jesus, produce lives more abundant than we can imagine.

“…I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  John 10:10



 We, the Forest Hills Church family, invites you to join us

in living abundantly and enjoying life in Jesus Christ! 



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1702 Forest Hills Blvd. 
Bella Vista, AR 72715