Bishop Forrest Ray Nance, Jr.
Bishop Forrest Ray Nance, Jr. is the oldest son of Forrest R. Nance, Sr. and Mother Wilma P. Nance. He is married to First Lady Victoria O. Nance and has two sons and one daughter and has been blessed with nine grandchildren (five boys and four girls). Bishop Nance is not a novice to leadership. After graduating from King George High School, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served for 22 years in many leadership positions.
After retirement from the Army, Bishop Nance made a commitment to God that he would serve Him with the same dedication and commitment he had afforded man’s army. He became a member of Pilgrim Holy Temple in King George, VA and served faithfully as an usher, pastor’s aide, teacher of the Adult Sunday School, as well as, conducted Wednesday night Bible Study. His faithfulness caused him to be appointed as the church administrator where he monitored the Church’s daily operations.
He was ordained Deacon by his Pastor — Bishop Norman White and later, because of the call of God upon his life, appointed as a Minister of the Gospel. In 1998, while still a faithful Minister serving at Pilgrim Holy Temple Church, at the recommendation of his pastor, he was “Ordained Elder” by Apostle Ivan L. Grant, Sr., NFCOG Presiding Prelate. Upon Bishop White's departure, he assumed the responsibility of a Shepherd as he continued to teach the people the Word of God under the supervision of Apostle Grant. Bible Study moved into his home, services expanded and overflowed into outdoor tent services, and as attendance grew he was led by God to establish Saints In Christ Church and he was installed as Pastor in 2000. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, support of both his wife and Apostle Grant, the church grew and quickly became an asset to the community. He has served as a pastor faithfully under the leadership of Apostle Grant for over ten (10) years.
In 2003 when the National Fellowship Churches of God expanded to include membership levels to its supporting churches, Bishop Nance was led by God for Saints in Christ Church to become a Covenant Member and he bears the distinction of being a Founding Member of the Nation of NFCOG. His gift has truly made room for him. Over the years, he has remained faithful to his call to preach and teach the Gospel.