Join us as we celebrate 90 years of Gospel ministry September 22-24th: a Homecoming weekend of many generations of the Forcey Family. Scroll down to see more information about the homecoming weekend and discover our Forcey history.
“We remember the days of long ago.
We meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.
We spread out our hands to you.”
Forcey’s Homecoming Weekend
September 22-24th, 2023
Check out our RSVP and Schedule for more info on specific events!
Think you know the history of Forcey Bible Church? Test your knowledge here!
When was Forcey founded?
Dr. Forcey’s longtime friend, Mary Ernest, related that she heard him describe the events of a day in the early 1930’s, when he was driving through Northwest D.C. on his way home to Ohio after a trip. His car stalled directly in front of a house. In spite of his attempts, he could not restart the engine. He walked to the front door of the house and was greeted by the owner, who kindly invited him in to use her phone. As they talked, Dr. Forcey mentioned that he was a pastor. With great excitement, she said, “God has brought you. I have prayed that God would send a pastor to us!”
Dr. Forcey went back home to the flourishing church where he was serving (in Ohio). He had been ready to settle down there with their five children. But God had other plans. He felt the call of God to come back to Washington, D.C. and serve as a pastor. Dr. Forcey’s prayer as he arrived in Washington, D.C. in April 1933, was “Lord, send me souls!” And thus, his ministry to the DC area began!
What are some of the names we've been called besides Forcey Bible Church?
Non-Sectarian Christian Tabernacle Association – 1934
The National Tabernacle – 1946
Forcey Memorial Church – 1962
Forcey Bible Church – 2011
Who was our first missionary?
In the 1940s, under mission-minded Pastor DeLoss Scott, the church began supporting its first missionary. Rosella Entz was a missions candidate with SIM (Sudan Interior Mission) when the church was in prayer for someone who needed support to go overseas in missions. By the end of the 1940s with Forcey’s support, Rosella was headed to Dahomey, W. Africa (present day Benin) where she served for over 2 decades. As part of a team, she helped translate several books of the Bible into the Baatonum language for the Bariba people.