The Rev. Deacon Carolyn Foster was born, raised and educated in Birmingham, AL. She grew up in the Smithfield neighborhood located in west Birmingham which became known as Dynamite Hill during the turbulent 60’s; a reference to numerous bombings of the homes of civic rights activists in the area. Rev. Foster has worked on behalf of people living in poverty, homelessness, with HIV/AIDS, and in both ecumenical and interfaith relations. She has served as Executive Director of the Alabama Faith Council, a statewide coalition of people of faith who work together on poverty and justice issues. She has served on several state and local Boards and is currently serving as Faith in Community Coordinator of GBM.
She was ordained in the Episcopal tradition in November 2002 and serves at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. She studied Education for Ministry from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. She is co-chair the Episcopal Diocese Commission on Race Relations and teaches workshops on Anti-Racism within the Episcopal Diocese, and with diverse faith communities, social and civic organizations. The Rev. Deacon Carolyn Foster is the mother of one son and enjoys spending time with her family, reading and listening to music.