About FOCUS Ministries

Using FOCUS Ministries as a platform for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and for making disciples, Bay Forrest, former NBA pro, shares his stories and testimony in a powerful, relevant and passionate way to all age groups.

Bay and his wife, Peg, speak at a wide variety of events ranging from church camps, youth, men’s, women’s and couples retreats to large evangelistic and revival services throughout the US and several foreign countries, which have included Canada, England, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, South Africa, Tanzania and Cuba.

Bay Forrest

Those who have had the opportunity of sitting under Bay Forrest’s ministry have come away with encouraged hearts and an appreciation for his powerful, creative communication. Filling his messages with inspired stories from his years as a 6’10” NBA center for the Phoenix Suns and as a missionary in Kenya, East Africa, Bay has a way of clearly presenting the gospel and challenging his audience to live a “sold out” life for Jesus Christ.

His passion for evangelism and a life of holiness comes across in an uncompromising and powerful way. One of Bay’s unique communication strengths is his ability to bridge the gap between adults and youth, making him a natural for audiences of all ages.

With over 30 years of experience in ministry, Bay has spoken all across the US and in several countries, doing church services, youth conferences, family camps, men’s retreats, college chapels and Christian school spiritual emphasis weeks.

“I believe God has blessed me with the ability to bridge the gap between an 8 year old and an 80 year old in a church service…and, I love the opportunity to share the gospel across generations.”

Hear more about Bay’s ministry in this 7 minute promo video.

Peg Forrest

Peg Forrest’s passion is for living out her calling to teach and disciple women of all ages, whether through the spoken or written word. Peg leans on her years of “on-the-job-training” as a missionary in Kenya, as a biblical counselor and Dean of Women at Arizona Christian University, as well as, her experiences in leading women’s bible studies, and her love of sharing Jesus-relevant-stories, to draw women into deeper intimacy and a more secure identity in their Savior.

Peg considers herself a simple woman with a simple message to which ladies everywhere relate and are encouraged.

Peg and her husband, a former 6′ 10″ NBA center for the Phoenix Suns, began Focus Ministries in 1992 on their return from Africa, and travel world-wide, using their life-stories and experiences to share the gospel with a Fresh Outlook Centering Upon the Savior. Together they have written and/or co-authored six books.

“Peg’s desire is to encourage women to grow in deeper intimacy with their Savior…to be certain they know that ordinary women are the ones who will change the world with their stories.”

Get a better idea of Peg’s ministry in this brief 4 minute promo video.

Joe Odhiambo

Bay Forrest first met Joe Odhiambo in Kenya, East Africa, where Bay and his wife served for 5 years with Africa Inland Mission. After seeing Joe’s gifted athletic ability (Joe still holds the national high school record in Kenya for shot put and discus), Bay helped him get a full-ride basketball scholarship to Grand Canyon University, where Joe attained a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics while playing for the Lopes. He went on to get a masters in Education, and has not only taught at the grade school and junior high levels, but also has helped train teachers in improving the academic levels of their students. In the midst of all this, Joe began spending 6-10 hours a day on his ball-handling and spinning skills. He now holds 14 Guinness World Records, has performed 13 years in a row at the NBA All-Star games, and has twice done shows for NBA Africa. Raised in a life of impoverishment in Nairobi, Joe is passionate about challenging students to give their very best at whatever they do, taking advantage of whatever opportunities God brings their way. (Col 3:23) Joe is currently the most sought after assemblies speaker within the organization he works, having to turn down over 350 schools this past year, due to the requests for him.

Bay and Joe have ministered together in churches, schools, universities, Christian camps, and all types of conferences across the U.S., Canada, Africa and other countries, calling people to a “Sold Out” life that is “Focused” on honoring God in all we do. Their unique giftings, backgrounds, and abilities as a performer and an ex-NBA evangelist, allows them to speak into the lives of all ages with relevance and an atmosphere of entertainment and humor.

The Great Commission

FOCUS Ministries is committed to fulfilling it purpose and the great commission as stated in Matthew 28:18-20, Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Governance

To that end FOCUS Ministries is governed and guided by a board of directors which provides vision, oversight, spiritual guidance and accountability. The board is aligned in these areas and provides continual prayer support and encouragement to Bay and Peg as they strive to fulfill the great commission and live out the great commandment, Mark 12:30-31, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

We believe these things to be true

Bible = Holy Word of God

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

Altogether Holy

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

One God

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Salvation & Regeneration

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

Eternally Present

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

Resurrection

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

Spiritual Unity

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Board of Directors

FOCUS Ministries is governed by a board of directors, who actively pray for the God-inspired direction of this ministry, wisely determine and economical and practical budget, challenge with expanding and seeking new horizons, and establish concrete guardrails of protection.

The board is comprised of men and women from all over the United States, with varying occupations and ministries, who come to us from multiple denominational backgrounds; but, they are united as one in Christ and passionate in their support of FOCUS.

Board members and spouses at a summer retreat held at Born Lake Ranch in Pagosa Springs, CO.

Board Members

Peg and I have “hand-picked each of our board members, as we have sensed God’s nudging to ask them to join our FOCUS team. Instead of just listing all their academic, or business, qualifications, we want to share why they were chosen by us…