Rev. Forrest was asked to pastor the Presbyterian Church in Toccoa where he served for 25 years. When the present building was constructed, the bell from the belfry of the original building was donated to Toccoa Falls Institute.
For years it signaled the daily schedule at the Institute as well as serving as a â€œvictory bellâ€ for sports events. Students were awakened at 6:00 a.m. by the bell, with the breakfast bell at 7:00 a.m., and the first class bell at 8:00 a.m. It continued to ring at regular intervals throughout the day until the â€œlights outâ€ bell at 10:00 p.m. Today it is holds place of honor in the center of campus.