Donna Forrester follows through with dream
July 6 2001 by Jimmy Allen , BR Assistant Editor

Donna Forrester follows through with dream | Friday, July 6, 2001

Friday, July 6, 2001

Donna Forrester follows through with dream

By Jimmy Allen BR Assistant Editor ATLANTA - Moderating the 10th annual meeting of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) in Atlanta June 28-30 was an answer to prayer for Donna Forrester. Less the six weeks prior to the meeting, Forrester underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor the size of a tennis ball. Before going into surgery on May 21, Forrester told the surgeon she had to be in Atlanta on June 29 to introduce President Jimmy Carter at CBF's General Assembly.

She not only introduced the former president, she presided at each of the general sessions and gave a moderator's report, taking breaks between sessions for rest.

"It has been wonderful," Forrester said just before the closing worship service on June 30. "It's been great worship, great fellowship. I'm just really pleased to be part of the Fellowship."

Forrester, who is minister of pastoral care and counseling at First Baptist Church, Greenville, S.C., was ordained into the ministry by Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem in 1976 and served as chaplain at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest from 1984-89.

She was elected last year for her one-year term as moderator. The tumor was discovered a few days before her surgery.

Forrester's journey since the surgery has been recorded on a Web page that can be accessed at The day after returning home from the General Assembly, Forrester wrote the following:

"I am realizing that I have had something so exciting to focus on in the past - trying to be at CBF and introducing President Carter. Now that is done, and the biggest thing ahead of me is treatment, which is not something I particularly want to focus on. That is why it is so important for me to trust in God and to focus on what really matters most. I know that God's grace is sufficient for whatever I need. So I will trust and take each moment at a time."

A profile on Forrester available on CBF's Web site lists Carter as one of her heroes "because of his willingness to live out his Christian faith in every aspect of life."

Daniel Vestal, coordinator for CBF, told the General Assembly crowd on June 30 about a time of prayer he had with Forrester and Carter the day before. Before the prayer, Vestal said he told President Carter how glad he was that the former president could be at the General Assembly. Then he added that he was especially glad that Forrester could be there.

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