We Motivate and Inspire
Founded on October 19, 1953, Greater St. John Baptist Church in Dundalk has been serving communities in select Maryland locations for more than 65 years. Led by Rev. M. Jamal Foster, our church moves to motivate and inspire community members to establish a closer relationship with God.
I Timothy 4:12 - Let no man despise the youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Rev. M. Jamal Foster
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Pastor M. Jamal Foster was biblically reared by his grandmother in Northwest Baltimore where he attended Baltimore City Catholic Schools. He is a product of the prestigious education of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, The Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and The Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. Pastor Foster is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Pastoral Leadership.
Bred on the teachings of the Concord Baptist Church of Baltimore under the pastorate of Rev. Matthew Silver and Rev. Dr. Matthew L. Jones, he later responded to the call of the ministry to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. On May 13, 1993, he obtained his license to preach from the Greater Gethsemane Christian fellowship in Pennsylvania.
Rev. Foster was later ordained by Bishop Carlton Pearson at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma in September 1998. He has received numerous awards for excellent service to both the church and community from various religious and civic organizations.
These accolades include a Baltimore City Mayoral Citation for Excellent Service to the Community. As a distinguished collegiate minister, Rev. Foster was hailed as one of the Northeastern States Top 50 Youth Pastors.
Pastor Foster carried on with his ministry work by serving in interim/itinerant pastorates at several churches in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Northern New Jersey, and Greater New York City, as well as Central and Southern Connecticut. Under the direction of God, in July 2016, Pastor Foster was called to be the assistant to the pastor, then assistant pastor, and on July 2, 2017, Pastor Foster was elected to become the pastor of the Greater St. John Baptist Church of Turner Station.
Pastor Foster succeeded Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lewis, Sr., who served Greater St. John for nearly 40 years as its senior pastor. Pastor Foster retired in December 2009, leaving behind an outstanding, esteemed, and remarkable career in law enforcement.
Pastor Foster served in the United States Armed Forces (active duty and reserves, respectively). He is happily married to Minister Daphne Foster, who he affectionately referred to as "Lady D," and is the proud father of three God-fearing and wonderful children - Taylor, Keemya, and MJ.
Well-respected by colleagues, Pastor Foster is a member of the American Legion Post #263 of Catonsville, Maryland. Pastor Foster is the President of The Baptist Pastors Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity (2023 to Present) and the 3rd Vice President for the United Baptist Missionary Convention & Auxiliaries of Maryland (2020 to Present) and a member of several other community, civic, and fraternal organizations.
Pastor Foster is an accomplished Director of Music, who also plays Percussion and Bass. This is but one of many skills that Pastor Foster uses to creatively motivate people to be willing followers of Christ. With a mission to encourage and uplift, Pastor Foster inspires everyone to do what God has ordained for their lives.
Email Pastor M. Jamal: Pastor@GSJBC-Turnerstation.com