St. John’s Baptist Church

Worship | Sundays @ 10:30am

Rev. Dennis Foust, PhD
Senior Minister
Dennis Foust became Senior Minister of St. John’s in August 2011. He has served congregations in Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; Chattanooga, TN; San Antonio, TX; and Louisville, KY. Dennis’ pastoral calling is especially focused on equipping the people of God for ministries in daily life.

Dennis’ family lineage traces through Alamance County, North Carolina, dating to the early 1700s. The oldest child of a Baptist pastor, Dennis grew up in western Kentucky, southern Indiana, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Kansas City, Missouri. Majoring in religion at Oakland City University, he focused in the areas of biblical studies, theological foundations, and pastoral leadership. While earning his masters and doctorate, at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (when it was a seminary), he studied congregational life and leadership. He has pursued continuing education at Harvard University, Wake Forest University and Union Theological Seminary in New York City and has enjoyed ministry trips to Mexico, Israel, England, Morocco, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, and Namibia.

Dennis has served in numerous roles in Baptist, ecumenical, interfaith, and community leadership. He has traveled the nation exploring interfaith initiatives and the impact of increased religious pluralism. He is committed to helping Baptists live by the historic principles of congregational autonomy, religious freedom, Church-State separation, and soul competence. He enjoys writing and has published articles in the areas of Biblical studies, missional church praxis, and congregational leadership and offered contributions to books helping adults apply spiritual principles to life issues such as peacemaking and ministry in daily life. He has spoken in congregations in twenty states, taught courses in biblical studies, church leadership, and mission in seminaries and universities, and was the founding design editor of Formations for Adults, a spiritual formation resource for adults. Locally, he has served on the Board of Directors for Mecklenburg Ministries (MeckMIN), Charlotte’s interfaith and ecumenical network; nationally, he has served as a Trustee of the Ministering to Ministers Foundation, the only ecumenical organization in the USA focused on caring for professional ministers who are forced out of their ministry roles by congregations; and served on the Global Commission for Interfaith Relations through Baptist World Alliance.

Along the way, Dennis enjoys conversations with friends, reading, walking, writing, storytelling, mentoring young leaders, browsing used bookstores, and golf. A huge baseball fan, he has attended baseball games in all thirty major league ballparks and is thankful that his mother did not throw away his baseball cards from the 1960s. Dennis’ wife, Paula, served as Executive Director of Baby Bundles for the past five years, a non-profit serving Families in Mecklenburg County when babies are born into poverty. She retired in 2024. When possible, Dennis and Paula enjoy traveling to new places, time in the mountains or at the beach, puzzle building, movies, exploring North Carolina and being with their three adult children and their families.

Does Theology Matter?

by Dennis W. Foust, Senior Minister My first college class in theological study introduced me to several theologians and traditions of thought that stretched my mind. Our assignments included reading

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A Divine Center Prayer Guide

A shared daily journey for the people of St. John’s As you live through this Christian Year, you may find this resource helpful as you pursue your inner sanctuary, your

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