Rev. Kewon M. Foster, Sr. was born on January 17, 1982 in Gainesville, Fla,
to Earl Foster and Katherine Dula, a loving and God-fearing mother who raised
him in Tampa, a city he still considers home.
On December 27, 1999, Rev. Foster surrendered his life to Jesus and was
forever transformed. Through God's divine favor over his life, Rev. Foster
received a full athletic football scholarship to attend Itawamba Community
College in Fulton, Mississippi. It was during his freshman year that he realized
God was calling him into the ministry, a call that he acknowledged and accepted
at the age of eighteen.
On campus, Rev. Foster received a number of opportunities to share the gospel
message with others through campus Bible studies and as a guest minister in
several local churches in the Mississippi area. After graduation in May of 2002,
Rev. Foster received another athletic scholarship to continue both his
collegiate sports career and academic studies at Tennessee Tech University,
located in Cookeville, Tennessee. Later that year, on December 28, 2002,
Rev. Foster married his high school sweetheart, Idalmis Jamieson.
While living in Cookeville, the Fosters became active members at Stevens
Street Baptist Church where Rev. Foster served in several key leadership
positions under Pastor Jimmy Arms. These positions were: Lead Sunday School
Teacher (College Ministry); Volunteer Community Chaplain; and Teacher for the
newly launched College &Young Adult Ministry. On October 7, 2007, Rev. Foster
was licensed by Pastor Jimmy Arms to preach the gospel.
In addition to serving in numerous ministry positions at Stevens Street
Baptist Church and the Cookeville community, Rev. Foster worked extremely hard
to complete his academic studies. The results of his efforts produced two
degrees from Tennessee Tech University: a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology
and a Master of Arts Degree in Instructional Leadership.
The Fosters left Tennessee in August 2008 when Rev. Foster was awarded the
Jesse Mercer Fellowship for Excellence in Preaching Scholarship that provided
three years of full tuition to the McAfee School of Theology. He eagerly
accepted the scholarship and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia with his family. In
October of 2008, the Lord led the Fosters through the doors of Liberty Baptist
Church where they became active members. Under the guidance of the late Rev. Dr.
J. Sherman Pelt, Rev. Foster served faithfully in a number of leadership
positions, such as Associate Minister, Youth Pastor, Minister of Community
Outreach & Development, and Assistant Pastor.
In May of 2011, Rev. Foster earned a Master of Divinity Degree with a
concentration in Urban Ministry from Mercer University's McAfee School of
Theology. Due to his exemplary academic performance and commendable pastoral
leadership skills, the McAfee School of Theology awarded Rev. Foster with the
William Ollie and Nell Ray Key Excellence in Leadership Award, an award that is
given each year to three graduating students.
Shortly after being ordained on August 28, 2011 by Rev. Dr. J. Sherman Pelt,
Rev. Foster agreed to serve as the interim pastor at Mount Gilead Missionary
Baptist Church in South Atlanta. While there, Rev. Foster served faithfully for
22 months before accepting the Assistant Pastor position at Liberty Baptist
Church in April 2013, a position he held for ten months.
Rev. Foster is a young, passionate servant of God who is committed to
preaching and teaching God's Word with boldness, clarity, relevancy, creativity,
and enthusiasm. In fact, one of his favorite quotes comes from the late John
Wesley: "Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come from miles to watch
Rev. Foster loves spending time with his family, watching football, reading
books in the subject areas of Biblical interpretation, church leadership and
growth, along with mentoring and helping young people develop a personal
workable game plan for life that will empower them to become successful as they
pursue their dreams.
Rev. Foster is a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Idalmis Foster, and
a proud father of three precious children: Saniah Foster (10), Moriah Foster
(2), and Kewon M. Foster, Jr. (10 months).
On February 9, 2014, the members of Liberty Baptist elected Rev. Foster to
serve as the tenth Senior Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA.
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