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ecumenist , church historian

Douglas Allen Foster, American History educator. Mayhew fellow Vanderbilt University, 1983-1984; Lilly Endowment grantee, 1988, National Endowment for Humanities grantee, 1989, 90, Cullen Foundation research grantee, 1994. Member American Academy Religion, American Society Church History, Disciples of Christ History Society, Tennessee History Society, Tennessee Archivists, Southwestern Archivists, Southern Baptist History Society.

Background

Foster, Douglas Allen was born on August 30, 1952 in Sheffield, Alabama, United States. Son of Ralph Douglas and Lisabeth (Morris) Foster.

Education

Bachelor, DAvid Lipscomb College, Nashville, 1974;Master of Arts, Scarritt College, Nashville, 1980;Doctor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1987.

Career

He began teaching at Lipscomb University in 1985 where he taught church history. In 1988, Foster also began working as an archivist for Gospel Advocate magazine while working at Lipscomb University. In August 1991, he moved to Abilene Christian University where he has taught church history ever since.

In June 2006, Foster was appointed Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Theology where he served until 2008. In 1994, Foster was named the Director of the Center for Restoration Studies located in Abilene Christian University's Brown Library. He has authored numerous publications concerned with the history of the Stone-Campbell Movement.

Works

Religion

Upon completing his undergraduate degree at Lipscomb University in 1974, he became an associate minister at Jackson Park Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee where he served until 1983.

Membership

Member Faith and Order Commission, National Council Churches United States of America, since 1990. Member American Academy Religion, American Society Church History, Disciples of Christ History Society, Tennessee Archivists.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: bluegrass banjo, genealogy.

Connections

Married Mary Linda Grissom, December 29, 1979. Children: Mary Elizabeth, Mark Douglas.

father:
Ralph Douglas Foster

mother:
Lisabeth (Morris) Foster

spouse:
Mary Linda Grissom

children:
Mary Elizabeth Foster

Mark Douglas Foster