BCNN1 Editor’s Note: Rev. Allen Foster Jr. was a dear friend to Gospel Light Society International president, Daniel Whyte III. Foster and White were stationed at Keesler Air Force base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Even though they did not know each other at the time, they both trusted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior on the same day, December 19, 1979, which happens to be 37 years ago today, in the same dormitory which they carried on for years in fellowship, calling themselves “spiritual twins”. By the grace of God, Rev. Foster began preaching the gospel and witnessing to others since that time until he left to go home to be with the Lord last August. Rev. Whyte continues to preach the gospel around the world through Gospel Light Society International and Gospel Light House of Prayer. Many people have come to know Christ as their Savior through the life of Rev. Allen Foster and Rev. Daniel Whyte III.
Here is the bio of Rev. Allen Foster Jr., who is now home with the Lord:
Allen Foster, Jr. was born February 6, 1959, in Chicago, Illinois. He was the third child born to the union of Jessie Mae (Wilson) and Allen Foster, Sr. As a child, Allen had an insatiable quest for knowledge. He loved to read the World Book Encyclopedia and readily reported to his family that he was the “smartest kid” in the class. He graduated from Horace Mann Elementary and South Shore High School in Chicago. He received his Associate Degree from Prairie State College.
After graduating from south Shore High School, he joined the United States Air Force and served from 1976-1983. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant. It was while stationed at Keeler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi, on December 19, 1979, that Allen accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior. Allen’s sincere love for the Lord and His Word precipitated his call to the ministry in l980. Allen fully embraced the Grace of God in his life. He believed that he was created in Jesus Christ for good works and he walked therein. He loved the family of God and the fellowship of believers. He was an avid student of the Bible and the great theologians. He was extremely well read and an extraordinary Preacher of the Gospel of Christ.
In his thirty years of congregational ministry, Allen served as Associate Minister of various churches including Village Bible Church (Park Forest, IL), Christ Temple Community Church (Gary, IN), Christ Temple Cathedral (Chicago, IL), and First Baptist Church (Chicago, IL). He joined Merrill Avenue Baptist Church in 1996. He served as Sunday School Teacher, Evangelism and Discipleship Leader, Chairman of the Mission Department and Divorce Care Leader. He also headed two missionary teams to England and Haiti. In 2009, he has ordained by the late Rev. Austin Smith, Jr. of Compassion Baptist Church (formally Merrill Avenue). While there , he served as an Associate and Interim Pastor before being elected on December 8, 2013 as Senior Pastor; with this appointment, Allen fulfilled his lifelong dream to become a Pastor. He sincerely loved his church family and devoted himself to their care.
Allen’s keen knowledge of American politics, socio-economics and world views, both inspired us and challenged us to learn more about the world in which we lived. He was our own political pundit. His lively commentary always gave sound perspective on many subject areas. Allen married Audrey Wesley on August 4, 1990. Their children, Allen III, Jaime and Mary were blessed with a devoted father. Over the years he and Audrey loved and cared for many others. Allen was employed by Peoples Gas Light and Coke Company (Integrys) in Chicago from 1985-2014. Allen formed both loyal and lasting friendships in every area of his life. We know that God had proven himself a faithful Father. Now it falls on us to be trusting children as we mourn the loss of this great and noble man of God, Rev. Allen Foster, Jr.
Source: Converge Mid America