Our Pastor, Dr. Richard Foster
Serving the Lord and his people at Grace Baptist Church is one of the greatest
joys in my life. I love the people at Grace. It’s a great honor to work
alongside them as we seek to know and obey God. We realize that our Lord has a
vision for our church family and we want to see that vision fulfilled.
In addition to my church family, the Lord has blessed me
with a wonderful wife, Karen, and our son, Andy. Karen and I met in college.
We were both studying music. We got married three years later in Western New
York State—yes, New York State, but she’s been converted (She even says that
she’s fixin’ to do things….). After 12 years of marriage our son was
born—adding great happiness to our home (not quite Abram and Sarai, but we
were a little worried).
Dr. Richard Foster & Family
Following Jesus has not always been a priority in my life.
As a teenager I rebelled against God and his people. Foolishly, I traded away
all my childhood learning about God and his plan. In return, I opened my life
to whatever this world had to offer. All I really cared about was playing my
guitar and making me happy.
My grades spiraled down so quickly in high school that my
dad, out of sheer frustration and desperation, gave me an ultimatum: Either quit
playing so much guitar and finish high school, or quit high school and get a job
playing guitar. He was hoping that the right choice would be obvious to me, but
it wasn’t. I left school days later and joined a rock and roll band in West Ft.
After more than ten years of chasing the wind, I was
startled to my spiritual senses by a shocking vision from the Lord. In my dream
I was standing on a large patio overlooking a sprawling city. It was dusk and I
was gazing at the dark orange and red remains of that day’s last sunlight. A
warm breeze brushed gently against my face—softly pushing my loose hair back off
my shoulders. I could feel the cold of a drink in my right hand and the warmth
of a drug-induced ‘buzz’ slowly taking hold in my head. A party was humming
behind me indoors and I was eagerly anticipating a great evening of partying
But suddenly a flash of light brighter than the sun erased
the horizon from my sight and forced me to look down—tightly closing my eyes. I
quickly looked up again out of curiosity and was greeted by a sight that made my
blood run cold. A mushroom cloud was rising quickly from behind the distant
hills and it was clear that my life would end very soon. I fell to my face on
the ground to pray. But to my terror, no words came. In that instant, the
vision came to an end.
That vision showed me how far I had wandered from the path
that God marked out for me. It reminded me that as a 7-year-old boy I had asked
Jesus into my life. That same Jesus was now calling me to come back and honor a
commitment I had made almost 20 years before. My wife Karen and I found a local
church and began worshiping and serving God.
Since that course-correction back in the mid-1980s we have
had an exciting journey following Jesus. I have discovered an undying passion
for teaching God’s Word, leading people to experience God’s presence in worship,
and talking to all kinds of people about the new life that Jesus offers us.
My greatest desire is to move others closer to Jesus Christ
so they can experience more of God’s love, power, and wisdom. I have a burning
passion for proclaiming the Good News and teaching others to apply the truths of
the Gospel in their lives today. God has honored me with a call to serve his
people by leading and equipping them in ministry through the spiritual power of
our risen Savior.
Thank you for visiting our web site at Grace Baptist
Church. We exist to help you discover Christ as personal Savior and grow to
spiritual maturity. Please join us for worship and see what God is doing in and
May the Lord lift you up,
Brother Richard Foster
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