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January 30, 2013

Caring Minister: Full-time pastor, RCSO chaplain celebrates 86th birthday

CLAREMORE — Rogers County Sheriffs chaplain Weldon Foster first came to Oklahoma as a pastor in 1960. Foster, a Navy WWII veteran, pastored First Baptist Church in Delaware, before becoming Director of Missions for all Southern Baptist congregations in Rogers and Nowata Counties.

After his retirement in 1992, Foster traveled to the Northwest part of the United States and worked withsome of the smaller churches during the summers.
“I never got out of the pastoral association,” said Foster. “Churches were always wanting me.”
In 1996, while pastoring at Allowe Baptist Church, he worked with former Sheriff Jerry Prather as deputy and chaplain for RCSO.  For 16 years, he has ministered to inmates, personel and hospital patients. 
“As long as the Lord gives me the ability, I have no future plans to retire,” he said. “Friends have asked if I will ever retire to just enjoy life and I respond, ‘I enjoy life and my work everyday.’” 
Foster said his job at the Sheriff’s office is a challenge, a blessing and a much-needed ministry that many counties do not have. 
Friends and family celebrated Foster’s birthday with a private party Friday at the Sheriff’s office.
“It seems that Weldon’s getting younger instead of older,” said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton. “He exemplifies what pastors and community leaders are.”
Walton said from Siloam Springs, Ark. to Coffeyville, Kan., someone always says something good about Foster and his sermons are one example of why.
“We’re proud to have him here. I’m sure somebody doesn’t like him, we just haven’t found them yet.” 

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