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Elder Willie S. Foster, III

 

Elder Willie S. Foster, III is the founder (1997) and pastor of Abundant Harvest COGIC in Ann Arbor.  Elder Foster is the fifth child of fifteen children born to Elder and Mother Willie Samuel Foster, II.  Being his father's namesake, 'Lil Willie' was destined to follow in his father's footsteps as a minister of the Gospel.  His Father impressed upon his family the importance of serving the Lord. Willie learned about the Lord as a child through the examples set by his parents and the daily prayers and bible teachings conducted in the home by his father.   Willie attended Mt. Olive COGIC from a child on up where he was taught in the Sunday school and Sunshine Band.  In 1979, he graduated from Ypsilanti High School with academic honors and attended Huron Valley trade school to study computer circuitry and advanced electronic technology.  He later attended Washtenaw Community College-Liberal Arts and Sciences where he received certification for ISO 9000 and QS 9000 Quality Systems.  He is employed at Variety Manufacturing Corporation of Dexter as an Internal Quality Systems Auditor where he shares the "Good News" of Christ to many. Elder Foster acknowledged the call by God to the ministry as a Gospel Evangelist in 1981.  By 1989, he was ordained as an elder by the late Bishop Willie Leroy Harris.  Elder Foster served at Mt. Olive COGIC in Ypsilanti under the leadership of the late Superintendent Willie E. Sheard following his call to ministry.  His ministry history includes prison & convalescent home ministry as well as teaching the "Growing in Grace" class for new members, evangelizing, preaching, running revivals and teacher of the young minister's class for training upcoming ministers.   Elder Foster served in District #11 as District Evangelist, Christian Education Department President and as a member of the district finance team before being selected as the District Chairman where he continues his service today.

 

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