Rev. John M. Foster


Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It is with deep sadness that we inform you that our brother, the Rev. John M. Foster died on Saturday, January 7, 2017. John began his ministry serving as an associate pastor at San Jose: First, at Round Valley and Willits; associate at First: Walnut Creek; senior pastor at Oakland: Elmhurst and Melrose; senior pastor at Delano; Rohnert Park: St, John’s; and senior pastor Paradise churches. He also served on the Cabinet as District Superintendent of the Nevada Sierra District.  He retired in 1991, but continued being a loving pastor to all he encountered.  He was a faithful and generous servant of God who mentored many in the way of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Foster, and by three children: Rev. Susan Foster, of Reno, NV, Rev. Virginia Foster of Mariposa, CA, and by Barton Foster of Burlingame, CA; and by six grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to Helen Foster at 275 Neighborhood Way, #327, Sparks NV 89441.

The memorial service is scheduled for Friday, January 20th, 2017 at 1pm.  It will be held at Centennial UMC, Sacramento and the Revs. Don Fado and George Nishikawa will be presiding. 

Memorial gifts may be sent in John's name to the following:

Retired Clergy Association Memorial Scholarship Fund or
The Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe   
P.O. Box 1617
Kings Beach, CA 96143

Let us continue to give God thanks for John’s life and witness and hold the Foster family close in prayer.  In our living and in our dying, we belong to God! (Romans 14:8)

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
California-Nevada Conference
P.O. Box 980250
West Sacramento, CA  95798-0250


California-Nevada Conference
1350 Halyard Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 374-1500