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The Pastor

Lawrence T. Foster


The Reverend Lawrence T. Foster was born and nurtured where “little cable cars climb halfway to the stars” – San Francisco, California.   He received his undergraduate education at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, and his graduate and post-graduate theological education at Harvard University Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. Currently, he is celebrating ministry at Calvary Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan, where he has served as senior pastor since 1994. Pastor Foster served as Mayoral Appointee for two administrations as Treasurer, Virginia Park - Henry Ford Hospital Non Profit Housing Corporation Board of Directors in Detroit, MI., and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan AIDS Coalition.  

He is the former Chaplain, Executive Director and Director of Community Development for the United Methodist Retirement Communities (Detroit Campus), an organization he served for nearly 16 years.  He is also the past State President (Michigan), Vice President-at-Large of the Midwest Region, and Assistant General Secretary for the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. He continues to serve PNBC as a member of the Missionary Ministry and as an advisor for the International Region. His work now extends to the countries of Liberia and Nigeria in West Africa where he is involved in agriculture, trade and economic development. Lawrence Foster loves God, people and nature. The Scripture that orders his life is Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV): “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not to thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”