Foshee, Howard B. comment (0)
January 21, 2010
By Kristen Lindsey
First Baptist Church, Fairhope
Baldwin Baptist Association
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 19:14
Favorite Hymn: “Eternal Father,
Strong to Save”
Hobbies: Reading and traveling
Family Status: Widowed after 56 years of marriage to Zola; three daughters, Zola, Becky and Elizabeth; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren
Howard B. Foshee served from 1956 to 1989 as director of several departments of the Baptist Sunday School Board (now LifeWay Christian Resources), including church administration, Christian development and corporate planning. Foshee also wrote three books during that time: “The Ministry of the Deacon,” “Now That You’re a Deacon” and “Broadman Church Manual.”
Q: How did you become a Christian?
A: I was blessed by growing up in a Christian family, and I was converted at age 11 while a member of Hunter Street Baptist Church, Birmingham (now located in Hoover). Following Vacation Bible School, I was deeply impressed that God was speaking to me and that I needed to respond to His gift of grace. My faith in Him led to a deep, spiritual experience and a lifelong following of Christ.
Q: In what ways have you been involved in church ministry?
A: Over the years, I have sought to serve in leadership positions in all of the churches to which I have belonged. I have served as an active deacon and a Sunday School teacher. I now am fortunate to be a Bible teacher of a senior adults Sunday School class at First Baptist, Fairhope. I also serve as co-facilitator of a weekly grief support group in the retirement community where I live in Spanish Fort.
Q: When and how were you led into the ministry?
A: My decision to enter a church-related vocation was made while an active member of Cloverdale Baptist Church, Montgomery. I went to Howard College (now Samford University) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. At Samford, I had a growing feeling that I wanted to be involved in the field of religious publishing. After graduating from the seminary, I went to the University of Alabama and pursued graduation work in editorial and publishing concerns, never dreaming that I would have an opportunity to spend my vocational life with LifeWay. God works in remarkable ways in the lives of His people.
Q: What role has missions played in your life?
A: A major interest of mine has been in the field of foreign missions. Over the years, Zola and I made more than 50 trips overseas. I’ll always be grateful to the International Mission Board for the opportunity of serving through them as a volunteer.