Reverend Joseph (Joe) Blankinship


Joe is the co-pastor of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church.  Before that he served as Associate Pastor and then Interim Pastor at Trinity Presbyterian, Herndon, Virginia.  He has also served at First Presbyterian in San Rafael California, and at Stanford Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto.

He attended University of Kentucky and completed undergraduate work at Temple University, majoring in film production in 1973.  Joe worked in film and video production in Philadelphia, Raleigh and San Francisco. For nine years he served as the director of the Video/Film and Recording department at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He attended San Francisco Theological Seminary as a Presidential Scholar, graduating in 1992 and receiving the Alumni/ae Scholarship award.

Currently, Joe serves on the board of Open Door Ministries, a member of Salem Presbytery Commission on Ministry, and member of the Greater High Point Ministerial Alliance.  

Joe is married to Jamie Call Blankinship who is director of the Stage Management program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  Jamie hails from Myrtle Beach by way of Greensboro.  Together they have two children, Joseph and Gretchen.


Reverend Lindsey Altvater Clifton


Lindsey is the co-pastor of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church.  She’s a self-proclaimed nerd who enjoys life’s simple pleasures: hammocks, a good book, playing outside, Vietnamese iced coffee, laughing until it hurts, bike rides, board games, learning to play the ukulele, and writing liturgy.  

She is a native of Greensboro, though she and her wife, Laura, and their sweet, goofy dogs, Maggie and Harvey, now call High Point home.  Both Lindsey and Laura are alumni of Elon University (2009).  Since then, Lindsey earned her M.Div from Wake Forest University (2016), and Laura is currently working on a BFA in Interior Architecture and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Historic Preservation at UNCG.

Lindsey’s faith journey has been rather ecumenical (ask her about it sometime), so she has served as a lay leader and staff person in a few denominational traditions.  She also taught high school English for four years before going to divinity school.  Lindsey is passionate about intergenerational ministry and community outreach, and she finds joy in helping folks of all ages connect to the life of the church here at Forest Hills and our work beyond its walls.  Lindsey would love to get to know you, so shoot her an e-mail to find a time to grab coffee or lunch!



Mallory Smith


Mallory is the Office Administrator at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. She received her B.A. from the College of Charleston where she majored in English and Creative Writing. Over the past few years she has worked in the fields of journalism and school public relations. Mallory lives in Lexington with her husband, C.J., and their two fur babies, Flynn and Cam.