Pastor Roland P. Forbes, Jr., is a native of Norfolk, Virginia; he was born on March 16th, the eldest son of the late Roland and Odessa Forbes. He is married to the former Ms. Sandra E. Franklin, and they are the proud parents of six lovely children, Jermaine, LaTasha, Devon, Jonathan, LaToya, and Sheanna; they also have six wonderful grandchildren.
Pastor Forbes felt the call of God on his life, confessed the calling to minister the Spoken Word, and was licensed to preach the gospel in March 1983, at the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, in Hartford, Connecticut under the leadership of the late Reverend Doctor David Samuel Craig. Following graduation from the Hartford Theological Seminary, Pastor Forbes was ordained on September 4, 1988, at the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, in Hartford, Connecticut under the leadership of Reverend Doctor Wayne A. Carter.
Pastor Forbes was called to become the Senior Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in March 1990. Under the leadership of Pastor Forbes and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the ministry of Ebenezer has grown tremendously into a multi-cultural ministry that meets the needs of the community. Recently, the church went under renovations to complete Phase 1 of Pastor Forbes’ 3 Phase Vision for the ministry, and is presently preparing to begin with Phase 2 of the Vision.
Pastor Forbes is active within the Lancaster Community where he has served as, Chair of the Minorities & Women Businesses Economic Committee for Lancaster County. Pastor Forbes is a past President of the NAACP, where he still is an active member. Pastor Forbes is also, a Past President of the Pastor’s Division for the Pennsylvania Baptist Convention, Inc., where Pastor remains as an instructor for the Congress of Christian Education, as well as the a former Area Vic-Moderator for the Central Baptist Association, where he as severed as the Director of Foreign Missions. Pastor is a community activist striving to a better life of all of God’s People. As of June 2007, Pastor Forbes was appointed State Overseer of Pennsylvania for the Praise Covenant Interdenominational Fellowship under the leadership of Presiding Prelate, Bishop Heber M. Brown, II.
Pastor Roland P. Forbes, Jr., is truly an anointed, humbled, and blessed man of God, with a vision for the People of God. Pastor Forbes greatest joy is sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world. Pastor sees his ministry as a joint ministry between his loving wife Leading Lady, Minister Sandra E. Forbes, and himself.
For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself it or take glory to himself.]… Ephesians 2:8-9 (Amplified Bible)