About Me

Ferrell Foster is the husband of Trese, the father of six, and the grandfather of five. There are also a bunch of young adults he likes to help along their paths.


Ferrell’s place in this world is a little complicated. He’s an ordained minister but serves 5,300 churches, not just one. He’s a writer with a background in journalism. And he’s a leader of varied ministries related to ethics and care ministries. He actually has three titles at work, but here’s the one that really describes his work — Director of Ethics and Justice for the Christian Life Commission.

Most importantly, Ferrell wants to be known as a follower of Christ. “Not that I follow Jesus all that well, but I’m trying to head in that direction. To me, following Christ means living a life of love, compassion, and forgiveness. It’s ot always easy, and when you start getting more of it right you find there are some Christians who are bit uneasy with all of that love, compassion, and forgiveness.”

If you want to get really formal, you can call him Rev. Dr. Ferrell E. Foster, Jr. But that’s a bit much for his taste. He prefers simply Ferrell.

Academic Background

D.Min. — Logsdon Seminary, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas

M.Div. — New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

B.S. — East Texas State University (now Texas A&M, Commerce)


15 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hello Ferrell. We wonder if we might be able to use your blog and link to in from abundantcommunity.com. I’d also like to ask Tom to share it with other participants; would that be ok with you? What a couple of days! Thank you for documenting it.
    Maggie Rogers

    1. Yes, Maggie, that would be fine with me. I would also love for others to fill in gaps I missed by writing comments. That would be a help to all of us. Blessings.

  2. Wow, thanks, Ferrell!
    Listening, remembering, recording, sharing, encouraging, continuing the conversations, beginning new ones… thank you!
    What gifts you’ve given, what gifts you evoke.
    And, please, may we share the link to your blog with the rest of the community that gathered for our conversations with Peter and Walter and John and Jill?
    Thank you!

    1. Tom, it was such a great experience, and you are very kind. I would be happy for you to link to my blog. Thank you for bringing a blessing into my life.

  3. Ferrell, The email address I had from Ellis did not work. My email is: charlesrembry@embarqmail.com

    Dear Former Students of Ellis Sandoz:

    John von Heyking and Lee Trepanier are editing a book whose working title is “Teaching Political Philosophy: Studies in Thinking in Action.” They have asked me to write the chapter on Ellis Sandoz. Essentially, I am being asked to write about Ellis’s political philosophy and its relationship to his teaching—both style and philosophy. As I understand my task, I am to focus on Professor Sandoz’s written expressions of his political and teaching philosophies and how his teaching is an expression of these philosophies. John and Lee would also like us to focus on the larger context of Liberal Education and how the various subjects’ political philosophies fit into that context. As part of this enterprise they would like for each of the authors to interview former students of our subjects as an additional source of information on their teaching as an active manifestation of their philosophies.

    Will you be willing for me to interview you about your educational experience with Ellis? I use the term “interview” loosely, because I am afraid that I cannot meet each of you for a face to face encounter. Thus, what I am asking of you is: will you be willing to answer a few questions via e-mail, followed by (if necessary) a phone call for any clarifications I would need to make? Of course, your responses would be confidential and I would not quote you directly without receiving your prior approval before a final draft and publication. If any of you are planning to attend the EVS/APSA meeting in Seattle this year, we could also talk there.

    I look forward to hearing from you. And, thank you.


    Charles R. Embry

    Professor Emeritus, Political Science

    Texas A & M University-Commerce

    PS. If you have e-mail addresses of other students of Ellis, could you please send them along to me?

  4. Greatly enjoyed your post about the Morton’s…….my Mother did most of the early work on the Morton’s back in World War II. I’ve worked on it for 35 years. Enjoyed hearing some of these Texas Tales!

    Lisa Morton Mills

    1. Your work helped me so much! I followed the same route you did, The story of James and Jane is a fascinating one,and I learned a great deal about the Scottish and Irish diaspora while following the trail. However, names and dates just did not “match up” and documentation was missing and and so I sat on it. I recently found this article and your work. Do you have any leads about the Jesse Morton who is the more likely Marshall Morton ancestor? My great great grandmother was Sarah Morton, daughter of James and Mary Ann Durham Morton. Thank you! Linda Rowntree, lvrowntree@gmail.com

  5. Also enjoyed your information about the Mortons. I posted a comment but would love to talk to you. I believe I can fill in alot of info on my ggggrandmother Mary Jane Morton and her family. I am pastor of Lakeview Baptist Church in Tiptonville Tn which is a small country church and also work as the chief deputy for the Lake Co. Sheriff’s office. I can be reached at jasonallison@newwavecomm.net or 731-442-0497. Thank you.

  6. my great grandfather is james robert morton from blount county alabama, i wonder if we are connected. i can’t seem to find who is related to him. any info would be appreciated thanks,sharon jenkins mahnke

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  11. Hello Ferrell,
    My team and I are making a live version of Goodreads, in which users can follow authors, chat with other book clubbers reading the same book, and curate book collections. I’ve noticed that you are one of the early adopters of Goodreads, and I’m wondering if you would be so kind to have a look at our Kickstarter (exclusive prelaunch preview) page at (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/210588648/329955632?token=55e52837). We’re launching in a month.
    Thanks a ton!

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