Craig Foster

Craig Foster

Craig Foster 150 150 Diocese of Southern Ohio Annual Convention
The Rev. Craig Foster

St. Alban’s, Bexley

Nominee for Trustee of the Church Foundation

I have always been active in the church, starting out as a young acolyte in Rockford, Ill. In my adult years I continued that service as lay reader, lay eucharistic minister, and active volunteer. I was elected to my first Vestry position while a member at Trinity Troy. After moving to Delaware, Ohio, I became a Vestry member and ended up as co-chair of a capital campaign to build the Memorial Garden and renovate the church building. This brought me to the position of Senior Warden at St. Peter’s, followed by a stint on the Endowment Committee. While a member at St. Peter’s, I became involved in Kairos Prison Ministry and faithfully served that program at two different prisons for nearly 16 years.

In 2007, I entered the ordained ministry, first as Deacon at St. John’s Columbus. My time was focused on developing relationships with the disadvantaged in the Franklinton neighborhood, especially people who did not have a home. This was followed by a short time as Deacon at Trinity Columbus ,during the pandemic closures, and I am now assigned as Deacon at St. Alban’s in Bexley.

My professional career has been focused in facility engineering and maintenance, with special emphasis on energy efficiency. I spent 24 years in various positions with Honda Development and Manufacturing, working at all four factories in Ohio. Responsibilities included not only facilities engineering but also a focus on worker safety and environmental management. My last three years I acted as Facilities Manager for the East Liberty Auto Plant. After leaving Honda, I founded a small energy efficiency consulting firm, working with small to medium size facilities to develop energy plans to reduce the impact of climate change. One of our roles was to act as the technical consultant to Ohio Interfaith Power and Light, whose mission is to help the faith community address climate change through tangible action. In that role we have completed energy audits in over 100 houses of worship giving me a real feel for the physical plant challenges faith communities face.

I have served on a Kairos prison leadership team, on the Ohio Kairos State Board, as Interim Director of Procter Center, and am currently Treasurer of Green Energy Ohio. GEO serves Ohio promoting the use of renewable energy sources and technology. I am also co-convener of the diocesan Creation Care and Environmental Justice Task Force, where our focus is to help congregations reduce their impact on the environment, and to provide formation opportunities around the topics of climate change, sustainability, and environmental justice.

As a member of this diocese and as a member of the clergy I have a desire and a responsibility to serve beyond my parish assignment . I believe God calls us to use our talents and experiences to sustain and improve God’s community of faith and the world. I believe my extensive experience in facilities management, energy efficiency, and the use of renewable energy sources can benefit the decision making function of the Trustees of the Diocese as it supports the parishes of the diocese. My time working with Kairos and working in street ministry have taught me the importance of listening first and responding second. I believe a prayerful approach to decision making produces the best results. If I am elected, I will look forward to bringing that decision making approach to the some times difficult decisions facing the Trustees of the Diocese.

Peace and Good to all.