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Date of Birth:           April 11th, 1970

Married: Gretchen Gimbert on August 23, 1997. She is an Occupational Therapist at Saint Francis Hospital - Muskogee, Ok.

Children:
Tommy (20) is a sophomore at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR on an academic and athletic scholarship.  He is majoring in Middle school math and science with a coaching certification.

Tanner (18) is a senior at Hilldale High School in Muskogee, Ok. He played varsity basketball and is a member of the Hilldale High School Bass Fishing Team.  He competes in the High School Bass Fishing Association.  He also plays the guitar in the youth praise team and is one of the leaders for Teens for Christ at Hilldale High School.  He will attend DBU in the Fall of 2020 and will be a member of the Bass Fishing Team at DBU.

Taylor (16) is a sophomore at Hilldale High School in Muskogee, Ok.  She played basketball and soccer, takes care of her horse and goats and loves to draw.  She also loves to sing praise and worship music and is very involved in the youth group.  She served in the Dominican Republic this past Summer and in Mexico the summer before.  She is on the Varsity soccer team at the high school and is ranked #5 of 168 students in her sophomore class.

- Accepted Christ at age 7 at Rehobeth Baptist Church in Mansfield, Tx.

- Surrendered to full-time ministry at age 15 at youth camp at Falls Creek encampment

- Licensed to ministry at age 19 after being hired as part-time youth pastor at FBC Sims, Tx

- Ordained into ministry at age 26 after graduating seminary and hired as a full-time college pastor at Shiloh Terrace B.C.

- Currently enrolled as a D.Ed. Min student at SWBTS.

- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tommy.foster.374

- Priorities are my wife and family, fishing and hunting, reading and cheering on home town sports teams

Objective

Mission Statement and Life Verse

To serve in a Local Christian New Testament Body of Believers, in the area of education and administration, so as to equip the Body of Christ to live a powerful spirit-led life while fulfilling God’s plan to reach His people for His Kingdom.

Ephesians 4; I Thess: 2:8; Matthew 28: 18 – 20; I John 3:1; Rev.12:11; Matt. 6:33

Currently, I am the Executive Pastor at FBC Muskogee, Ok.  I oversee the educational and administrative ministries of the church.  I supervise 11 full-time employees and 16 part-time employees.  The church averages approximately 560  in worship and 549 in Bible Study.  (2019 ACP)

Responsibilities include overseeing all discipleship programs including Sunday morning Bible Study and discipleship classes, support groups and personal counseling, finance and facilities, preaching and teaching at all levels including Sunday morning, and pastoral duties involving hospital visits, weddings, and funerals.  By doing so I fulfill the primary role of the Executive Pastor which is to carry out the mission and vision of the pastor from the staff level to the layperson.

Work experience

Executive Pastor

FBC Muskogee, Ok (Avg. 560 worship and 549 in S.S.)
April 2018current

- Staff liaison for  Finance, Personnel, Property and Space, and Nominating Committee

- Supervise all staff full time and part-time (27 employees)

- Oversee the educational and discipleship programs of the church

- Carry out the mission and vision of the pastor

- Hospital visits and pastoral care

- Fill the pulpit and other preaching and teaching opportunities

- Oversee support groups and personal counseling ministry

- Staff liaison for the mission team and mission ministry

- Leadership Team for Muskogee Baptist Association

Associate Pastor youth and college Support groups and Counseling

Hillcrest Baptist Church - (Avg. 950 in worship - 800 S.S.)
Mar 2011april 2018

- Currently Serve on the "Student Ministry Planning Team" for Southern Baptist of Texas Convention.

- Teach break out groups in the area of education and student ministry at local, state, and national levels.

- Currently Manage 9000 square foot Student Building .

- Recruit and Train  Sunday  School (Life Group) leaders that serve on Sunday morning.

- Recruit and Train  Connect Group (small Group) leaders that serve on Wednesday night.

- Plan & Implement annual and monthly youth and college events. (Camp, Mission Trip, Dnow, Fall Retreat, Girls wkd, etc.)

- Manage and Mentor part time associates and 12 interns for youth and college ministry.

- Preach/Teach regularly in small/large group settings for young, median, and senior adults.

- Visit hospitals and nursing homes every Tuesday as associate pastor.

- Perform followup visits from previous Sunday every week and other outreach as associate pastor.

- Serve on multiple church committees as associate pastor including long range planning, personnel,  and budget.

- Manage and oversee multiple ministry budgets, volunteers, lead teams,, activities,  and facilities.

- Fill pulpit for Pastor regularly on Sunday morning, Sunday nights and Tuesday morning pastors Bible study.

- Substitute teach at local schools and preach chapel at local Christian high school (TEA and ACSI certified)

- Oversee church wide support groups (Divorce Care, Grief Share, Celebrate Recovery) I am a Board Certified Christian Counselor and member of Association Biblical Counselors.

- Provide wedding counseling and perform weddings and funerals regularly as associate pastor duties. (Certified Prepare and Enrich Counselor)

Associate Pastor Evangelism and Student Ministry

First Baptist Church Mountain Home - (Avg. 1100 in worship - 1050 S.S.)
Jul 2006Mar 2011

- Recruited and Trained Sunday School teachers that served on Sunday morning.

- Recruited and Trained Sunday Night home group leaders

- Plan and implemented annual and monthly youth  and church wide outreach events.

- Plan and implemented outreach strategy for local schools and school events

- Served as the "Youth Ministry Coordinator" for the White River Baptist Association.

- Coordinated area wide youth rally's with other youth pastors twice a year.

- Taught break out groups each Summer at Super Summer Arkansas.

- Mentored college age interns for youth and college ministry.

- Coordinated student leadership teams.

- Main Speaker at youth wide weekly worship event on Wednesday nights

- Led adult youth council for youth and college ministries.

- Managed budget, facility, volunteers, student and adult leadership teams, and events.

- Filled pulpit for Pastor on Sunday mornings and Pastors weekly Bible Study for Senior adults

- Served as Pastor of"Evangelism and Outreach" and planned church wide outreach events such as "Eggtravaganza, Trunk or Treat, Christmas programs, Leadership Summit, and Servant Saturdays.

Associate Pastor Singles and Young Marrieds

Lake Arlington Baptist Church - (Avg. 1550 in worship - 1350 S.S.)
May 2001Jul 2006

- Coordinated Singles and Young Married small groups and Sunday School

- Coordinated Singles and Young Married events and activities

- Created outreach program for Singles and Young Married

- Led leadership teams for Singles and Young Married ministry

- Preached weekly in Young Singles and Career worship event avg. over 150 young adults.

- Facilitated church wide recreation events for young families (upward, flag football, softball, marriage retreat)

- Created three new Singles departments (SLIFE 1 (age 22-26) SLIFE 2 (age 27-34) SLIFE 3 (age 35 - 49)

- Created three new Young Married departments (Newly/Nearly married - Married w/ babies - Married w/ children)

- Officiated 50 plus weddings over 5 years through our singles ministry

- Filled pulpit for Pastor on Sunday mornings quarterly

Education

Doctorate of Educational MINISTRY

SWBTS
jan. 2020Dec.2022

The Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin) degree is an advanced professional degree in Christian Education. The DEdMin provides the opportunity for students engaged in ministerial leadership to enhance and expand their biblical understanding and thinking concerning Christian Education in reference to the ministry of the church.

Masters of Arts in Christian Counseling

Dallas Baptist University
Jan. 2018May. 2019

The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling is a non-licensure, graduate program designed to provide Christ-centered education for practical ministry of Christian counseling. The program is designed for graduates who plan to counsel in the local church.

Masters of Theological Studies

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Jan. 2017 Dec. 2017

The Masters of Theological Studies provides theological education in Church History, Hermeneutics, , Biblical languages, New and Old Testament studies, and Systematic Theology.

Master of Arts in Christian Education

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Aug. 1995May 1998

The Masters of Arts in Christian Education provides an in depth study of Christian ministry in multiple areas including preschool, children, youth, college,  and adults.  Includes studies in education, counseling, group dynamics, human development, church growth, evangelism, and spiritual formation.

Bachelor of Business Administration

Dallas Baptist University
Aug 1991May 1993

Major in Management and Marketing with a background in finance, accounting, economics, and statistics.

High School Diploma

Arlington High School
Aug 1986May 1988

Certifications

- Certified facilitator in Prepare and Enrich marriage counseling

- Board Certified  Christian Counselor

- Currently obtaining certification for Church Business Administration and Leading from your Strengths in Ministry Insights.

- Trained in LOGOS, PLACE ministry, HR Direct, Shelby Next, Microsoft Office, Word Press, Planning Center,  Protect My Ministry, Constant Contact, and Ministry Safe.

- Trained in Divorce Care and Grief Care

- Certified facilitator of Financial Peace

- Certified Bible Teacher through Association Christian Schools International

- Certified counselor through Association Biblical Counselors and American Association Christian Counselors

References

Kenneth Priest (PROFESSIONAL)

Southern Baptists of Texas Convention - Director of Convention Strategies

817 709-9761

Walter Guillaume (Personal)

Executive Pastor First Baptist Church Rowlett, Tx

214-499-8995

Edd Spurlock (Former supervisor)

Executive Pastor FBC Benton, AR (Supervisor Reference)

501-317-8833

Dr. Ed Laymance (mentor)

Founder and Director of Impact Family Guidance Center 

817 988-5473

Richard Cody (Former supervisor)

Executive Director of Ellis Baptist Association

214 803-9423

Skills

Logo's Bible Study Software

Bible study software

ACS, Planning Center, and Base Camp

Church Management Software, worship planning software, and Project Management and Collaborative Software.

Photoshop, pro presenter, and Video Editing

Adobe Premier, photo shop, Illustrator

Microsoft Office
Skilled at all Microsoft Office applications.  This includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Publisher.

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