Biographical Sketch of Rev. Dr. John Foster
Rev. Dr. John Foster was born October 2, 1957 and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the third of five children. His mother – Rosalie Jackson (deceased) – was a nurse while his father – John Clarence Foster (deceased) – was an automobile mechanic and a Baptist minister. He graduated from Walnut Hills High School and attended Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama where he studied electrical engineering. Dr. Foster received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (1979) from Tuskegee University. His graduate studies were done at Stanford University where he received the MS degree (1980) and the Ph.D. degree (1982), both in the field of electrical engineering. Dr. Foster continued his studies and received his Masters of Divinity Degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center at Turner Seminary (2003).
Rev. Dr. Foster has worked at several corporations including Proctor and Gamble, AT&T Bell Laboratories and IBM. However, the majority of Dr. Foster’s professional career has been dedicated to working with Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He has served as faculty member, department head, dean and associate vice president at Tuskegee University, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University and Morehouse College respectively.
Rev. Dr. John Foster is an ordained minister and pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. After he accepted his call to the ministry Dr. Foster has served as pastor of local charges in North Carolina (St. Stephens AME), Texas (Williams Chapel AME, Hope AME) and Georgia (Pleasant Hill AME, Rock Temple AME). Dr. Foster was appointed as pastor of St. Philip AME Church in Savannah, Georgia in June 2004.
Rev. Dr. John Foster has three children – Kristina Marie Rose Foster (23), John Foster, Jr. (16) and Jessica Rose Foster (15). He is married to the former Mary Ann Mackey of Ashburn, Georgia.