Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. James Edward Foster

Rev. James E. Foster was born in Bradford, Pennsylvania, on 9 February 1887, the son of James Edward and Ellen (Finley) Foster. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1911 and Seabury Western Theological Seminary in 1915. He was ordained a deacon and a priest in 1915. He began his career as priest in charge of All Saints, Western Springs and St, Mary's, Cicero, Illinois. He then became rector of Christ Church in Streator and St. Andrew's, Farm Ridge, from 1917 to 1920. He married Mary Alice Saunders on 2 November 1923. He was called to become rector of Christ Church, Gary in 1920 and remained there until his retirement in 1956, at which time he was the senior priest in the diocese. He served many different diocesan offices, including examining chaplain and membership on the Diocesan Council and the Standing Committee. He was instrumental in helping to organize St. Augustine's Mission, an African American church in Gary in 1927 and gave it crucial support. He died in Tucson, Arizona, in January 1977.


 

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