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Foster a strong faith

Jeremiah Foster is a man of faith who is a member of staff for a religious Christian organization, The Well, at East Tennessee State University.

Foster was born and raised in Celina, Ohio before moving to Sevierville, Tenn. at 10 years old. The youngest of five children, there was always a lot of activity in the Foster household.

In school, he was in National Beta Club, National Honor Society, played sports and was in school plays. Foster was raised in a Christian home and was an active member in his church. It was not until middle school when he truly understood Christianity.

“I was introduced to the gospel from a very young age,” said Foster, “and so, I came to faith, really, when I was in middle school is when I understood what Jesus has done for me. That he died on the cross for my sins and that he rose again from the grave and that I could have a relationship with him.”

During his undergraduate years, Foster attended East Tennessee State University. While at ETSU, a student from The Well gave him a free t-shirt and invited him to Bible study.

After attending the Bible study, Foster became more involved with The Well, even getting baptized during one of their services.

Foster received his undergraduate from ETSU with a degree in physical education. Before being involved with The Well, Foster was planning to become a physical education teacher and a track and field coach.

“I didn't sense a call to ministry until later in college,” said Foster.

After graduating from ETSU, Foster attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, where he received his master’s degree in church ministry. After receiving his master’s, Foster returned to ETSU and became a staff member for The Well.

Foster has been on staff with The Well for six years as small group and discipleship coordinator. As small group and discipleship coordinator, Foster’s role is to oversee the freshman ministry. In addition to that, Foster teaches on Wednesday nights.

COVID has made it difficult for large groups and organizations to gather. By following the guidelines of social distancing and wearing masks, The Well still meets each Wednesday.

The Well is a non-denominational campus organization and ministry devoted to reaching students and providing them with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Well began 23 years ago when a small group of college students began doing a Bible study. The Well has large worship gatherings each week as well as weekly Bible study sessions.

It is no question that COVID-19 has changed the way society operates. During lockdown, people found different ways to keep themselves busy by finding different hobbies, spending more time with their family and other activities as well.

Foster was able to spend his time with his wife and 10-month-old daughter.

“I had so much quality time with my family,” Foster said, “and I got to watch my daughter grow up literally right before my eyes.”

The lockdown may have been challenging to some mentally or physically. Also, for religious people, as churches, mosques and temples were closed, this could have challenged their faith.

Foster said he had to ask God to help see the good in everything as this was a frustrating time.

Through his actions, Foster hopes that by the way he engages in conversations and how he loves people, he can share the hope he has in Christ.

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