Gloria Alice Foster
Dec 2, 1922 – Aug 1, 2017
WAKE: Thursday, August 10th from 6pm to 8pm at New Hope Apostolic Temple, 6124 N. 99th St. SERVICES: Friday, 11am, New Hope Apostolic Church. Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, followed by Repast at the Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd. Memorials to New Hope Apostolic Temple.
The Life of Mother Gloria Alice Foster
Gloria Alice Davis Foster was born on December 2, 1922 to Eleanor and John W. Davis in Kansas City, Kansas. She was the third of five children: Betty, John W., Robert, and George. Her siblings affectionately referred to her as “Dodie.” Her mother studied Applied Music at Kansas State University with the aspiration of being a concert pianist. Her father was a railroad worker. Their example of hard work and tenacity laid the foundation for the path that Gloria’s life would take. As a girl, she attended a charm school that focused on etiquette. Gloria recalled having to walk around the house while balancing a book on her head to practice her posture and poise. Following elementary school, she attended Sumner High School where she was a drum major. During high school she met a friend who she began to walk home from school with, every day. During this time, her friend would witness to her about Jesus.
During her senior year of high school, Gloria met James Phillip Foster who was in the Army and stationed in Texas. Their courtship was quick and powerful. Following her graduation from Sumner High School in May of 1940, she and James were married on September 4, 1941. To this union was born nine children.
In 1948, Gloria and James Foster were baptized and received the Holy Spirit, under the pastorate of the late Lula A. Hornbeck, at the Pentecostal Church of God in Kansas City, Kansas. In 1952, her husband was called to the pastorate, so their family moved to Omaha, Nebraska and founded Greater Bethlehem Temple. Lady Gloria Foster knew that despite her extensive responsibilities, her first priority and ministry was to her family. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother to nine children: James Jr., Dana, Gaile, (Bobby and David Michael, who transitioned as infants) Steven, Eartha, Faith, and Lance.
As the ministry began to develop, the responsibilities as First Lady were horrendous. Lady Gloria Foster wore many hats in the church, from choir director to altar worker, and everything in between. She served as a support to pastors’ wives and ministers, both in and outside the walls of Greater Bethlehem Temple. Not only was she one of the founding members of the Tri-State Council (Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming), but also the 8th Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW). She also served as Secretary for the PAW Missionary Auxiliary. Lady Gloria Foster played an integral role, alongside her husband, in birthing numerous churches (approximately 75) and ministries for the Kingdom of God. They were affectionately acknowledged as a “Dynamic Duo.” Through their experiences, the saints began to see her as their natural and spiritual “Mother.” In recognition of her many years of service, the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World listed Mother Foster as one of the organization’s Impactful Ladies during its 100th Anniversary.
Mother Gloria Foster was warm, compassionate, endearing, and hospitable. She also personified and portrayed the values of love, honor, and respect in the way she cared for her parents until they passed away.
After the transition of her husband, Bishop James P. Foster, she continued to serve the Lord and supported others as they built their ministries. Even until her transition, Mother Gloria Foster was a pillar within the Body of Christ, and many drew from her well of wisdom.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two children; two brothers, and a sister. She leaves to cherish her memory seven children: James Jr., Dana (Fred) Newson, Gaile (Lee) Tolbert, Steven (Merle) Foster, Eartha Foster, Faith Lemon, and Lance (Debra) Foster; a brother, George (Arleta Lee) Davis; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; relatives; friends; and spiritual family.