Pastor Walter Donnelly of Strong Tower Church, a Forest Hill Church

Walter Donnelly

Family: Michele and I have been married for 26 years and have 10 amazing children. We've been blessed with a wonderful son-in-law and a very energetic grandson.

Ministry: Lead Pastor at Strong Tower Church in Forest Hill Maryland.


Education: I Graduated from Blue Ridge Bible College with a degree in Theology.

Books you are reading: Generation to Generation by Pastor Richard Hilton.

Favorite Dessert: Ice cream and Oreo cookies.

Best Advice Received: "Unless you are willing to do the ridiculous, God will not do the miraculous!"

One of the Things I find Most Fascinating: That God will take anyone from the streets, to the prison or from the church pew...and do something so amazing in your life that it will shock your enemies.

Meet Our Staff


Family: Walter and I met during Bible College and we got married shortly after graduation. God smiled down on us and blessed us with 5 beautiful daughters and 5 courageous boys. Our family continues to grow with our handsome son-in-law and a very adorable grandson.

Education: I graduated from Blue Ridge Bible College with a Degree in Theology and continued my education and obtained my Bachelor's in Science for nursing.

Favorite Dessert: Anything with Chocolate.

Books you are reading: Anything by Tracey Peterson-my favorite historical Christian author.

Best Advice Received: "There is nothing more powerful than a praying mother!"

What might people find surprising about you?: I am a want-to-be farmer and I love my chickens.

Pastor Michele Donnelly of Strong Tower Church is the wife of Pastor Donnelly in Forest Hill Maryland

Michele Donnelly

Director of Women's Ministry

Director of Home Grown Co-Op

Website: The Loving Mothers Community

Jesse Bane is a and youth group leader andworship leader at Strong Tower Church in Forest Hill Maryland

Jesse Bane

Youth Leader

Worship Team

Family: Married to Kyrsten Bane and enjoying life with our two dogs Bandit and Bear.

Ministry: Youth Leader and Worship Team.

Education: Bachelors Degree in Business.

Favorite Dessert: Rice Krispie Treats.

Favorite Sports Team: Baltimore Blast.

Best Advice Received: "It's not the size of the dog in the fight but rather the size of the fight in the dog."

Interesting Fact: Races Jeep

Something you find fascinating: Creation VS. Evolution debates.

Family: Daughter to Pastor Walter and Michele Donnelly, Second oldest of the 10 children. Happily married to Jesse Bane and dog mom to Bandit and Bear.

Ministry: Worship Leader, Co-director of Bread of Life Food Bank, and Youth Leader.

Education: Bachelors degree in Human Services.

Favorite Anything: COFFEE.

Favorite Sports Team: Baltimore Blast.

Best Advice Received: The best advice I've ever received was from my parents. They've shown me what it's like to be the hands and feet of Christ, to serve others, and to always put my trust in God.

Something People Find Surprising About You: I'm the second oldest of 10 children.

Kyrsten Donnelly is the worship leader at Strong Tower Church in Forest Hill Maryland

Kyrsten Donnelly

Worship Leader

Co-director of Bread of Life Food Bank

Youth Leader