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Foster resigns as Illinois Baptist editor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP)–Ferrell Foster, editor of the Illinois Baptist since 1996, has announced his resignation May 31 as editor for the Illinois Baptist State Association.
“There were many factors in my choosing to resign — some internal to me, some external,” Foster said. “But ultimately I just believed it was what God wanted me to do. No one asked me to resign or suggested it. It was strictly a decision made by me and my wife.”
IBSA executive director Bob Wiley said he hates to see Foster leave. “I think Ferrell is an excellent editor,” Wiley said. “He’s a fine journalist. He’s given Illinois Baptists years of good work. He’s contributed well out of his giftedness to Illinois Baptists.”
Foster joined the IBSA staff April 1, 1987, as associate editor of the Illinois Baptist. He served as acting editor of the paper for seven months in 1996 following the departure of former editor Bill Webb. He assumed the editor’s role in October 1996.
A native of Dallas, Foster earned a bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University and a master of divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to his tenure with IBSA, Foster was director of public relations for NOBTS and was managing editor of the Marshall News Messenger in Marshall, Texas.
Foster and his wife, Trese, have five children — Tiffany, 17; Tabitha, 15; Landon, 11; Meredith, 4; and Cameron, 1. The Fosters are members of Cross Point Community Church in Springfield.
He is unsure what his future holds. “I will be considering any and all possibilities and believe God will make it clear what I am to do in order to provide for my family,” Foster said. “I would appreciate the prayers of Illinois Baptists for my family and me during this time of transition.”