Senior Pastor Call Update
On Sunday, May 16th at a Special Voter’s meeting, the assembly voted to extend a Call to Rev. Dr. Chad Foster for our next Senior Pastor. Please keep Pastor Chad, his family and his current congregation in your prayers as they prayerfully look for God’s leading.
Rev. Dr. Chad Foster
The Rev. Dr. Chad Foster, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, has been a pastor in the LCMS for twenty years. He and his wife, Tricia, have been married for twenty-two years and they have three children. Julia, their oldest child, is currently a junior in high school; Chalmers, their son, is a freshmen; and Keziah, the youngest, is in sixth grade. The Foster family also has a Chihuahua named Zoey and the kids have high hopes of adding a French Bulldog to the mix (and dad secretly wants that too)!
Golfing, playing classical guitar, reading, hanging out with the family, and leading teaching tours of Israel are some of Pastor Chad’s favorite activities. He has published two books and has also taught as an adjunct professor of Pastoral Ministry and Theology.
Dr. Foster received a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, a Doctorate in Apologetics and Pastoral Ministry from Trinity Seminary in partnership with the University of Liverpool in England, and has completed post-doctorate studies in human rights in Strasbourg, France. In addition, he has studied at the Yeshivat Kol HaTor, the Azamra Institute in Jerusalem, and the Israel Bible Center in Ramat Gan, Israel.
Vision for Ministry
St. Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthians, “To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God, but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:20-22).
There can be no better words of the Biblical writer that so resonates with my own experience in this world. By God’s grace I have had the opportunity go to school and learn from some of the greatest institutions of Jewish learning. Such education, training, and the titles that go with it, have opened doors for me that are not usually open to followers of Jesus. Every day I am humbled with the opportunities presented to me where I can share the love of Jesus the Messiah to communities normally closed to Christians. And every day I am also humbled that for the last twenty years I have had the honor to be a called and ordained servant of the Word in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Only our God could bring these two worlds together so that bridges could be built and the name of His Son made known. Indeed, with the Apostle, and with reverence I say, “To the Jews I became as a Jew…I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” There is no greater joy for me than to see our Savior Jesus transform hearts and minds. Amen!