meet the pastoral team
Stuart Foster is current chair of the Pastoral Council at Grace Communion Church, Lisburn. He also runs a small sales/hire business in Lisburn.
Slightly tongue in cheek, Stuart says his father warned him never to argue about religion or politics – and so he eventually moved from England to Northern Ireland. Good advice!
Born 1949 in Hull, Yorkshire, a bustling port on England’s east coast, Stuart always had a wanderlust. In 1968 he attended Ambassador College, St. Albans, a Bible-based Liberal Arts College. He spent a year in USA as a transfer student and graduated in 1972 majoring in Theology. In fulfilment of his Biblical Archaeology course he had spent one summer in Jerusalem, and expressed his excitement in helping to uncover the Herodian steps that Jesus and his disciples must have climbed to reach the Temple Mount.
Stuart long felt that God’s work was of prior importance. After graduating he worked at Ambassador Press as Pre-press Supervisor and Quality Control Manager preparing print publications for the Worldwide Church of God. He also embarked on 20 plus enjoyable years as a volunteer Church Youth Leader and Boys’ Club Director.
His career path entailed further studies in Marketing, Advertising and PR at Queens University, Belfast and later completed an MSc in GIS at Ulster University. Stuart and his wife Marlene reside in the City of Lisburn and are committed to supporting their local church. When possible, both enjoy getting together with family and playing with the, now eight, grand-children.
John has been a Christian and member of the church for the last 50 years, and presently serves on the Pastoral Council of the Lisburn congregation. He has been active in leading song worship and piano playing for many years. John is also a lay speaker and regularly gives sermons.
John has a good "Radio Voice" and over the last few years he has been active in recording 60 second Inspirational Spots for UCB Christian radio in the UK and Ireland, occasionally traveling to UCB Ireland studios in Dublin to make recordings. His "God Spots" are also heard in New Zealand on Rhema Radio, Auckland.
John was born on 7th April 1946, and married Christine in December 2006. He is stepfather to Ruth Ann (34) and Michael (32).
His working career has been in the baking trade as a qualified baker, and in pharmaceuticals wholesale distribution within Northern Ireland as a driver.
His hobbies include travel, gardening, reading, writing, piano, visiting and coastal walking.
Bob has been a member of the church for more than forty years and currently serves on the Pastoral Council. He was ordained as a Church Elder in 1997 and continues to date in that capacity.
Bob read Theology at Queen's University, Belfast and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Theology degree, BTh (Hons). He was born on 2nd February 1946 and married Heather in 1969. They have two children, Michael and Lauren, and three grandchildren.
He spent thirty four years working in Sales and Marketing with a major oil company and in 2002 opted to take early retirement. Bob’s interests include reading, music, travel and occasional writing.