Foster...died Tuesday at age 71.
Foster...died Tuesday at age 71.

Carol Amos just knew the revival preacher would be her husband.

She was a member of Northside Church of God in Lenoir City, Tenn., where John T. Foster preached at revival services. After completing a revival, he called her for a date.

They had four dates and married on Nov. 18, 1968; she became Mrs. Carol Foster. The couple -- who moved to York 27 years ago -- celebrated their 44th anniversary this year.

"God put us together," she said. "And I enjoyed it all. I enjoyed being a pastor's wife."

John Foster died Tuesday at York Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 71.

He retired in September as pastor of Church of God at 601 Wallace St. in York City, Carol Foster said.

He also leaves a daughter, A. Renee Lenzer of York; two sons, J. Keith Foster of Red Lion and Julian Foster of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.

Career: Carol Foster said her husband, who was born in Nashville, Tenn., was a pastor for close to 50 years, leading churches in Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana and in Johnstown, Cambria County.

They moved to York in 1985 when he became pastor of Church of God, she said.

"His desire was to serve and help in any way he could," Carol Foster said. "He was helpful with all the programs, youth programs, women's ministries. He was the men's fellowship leader for a while. Then he was a mentor to other men who led the fellowship."

John Foster also served on the

Examining Board for the Pennsylvania Church of God and the Pennsylvania Council for Church of God. He was a night watchman at Church of God's youth camp in Somerset County, his wife said.

Upbeat: She said her husband was humorous and happy and didn't let things get him down. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He also enjoyed working on the computer, whether he was studying for a sermon, carrying out pastoral duties or looking up sale items on eBay or shopgoodwill.com., Carol Foster said.

But most of all, he loved teaching people about committing their lives to God, she said.

"He cared for them and he wanted to make sure that he did everything he could to make sure they knew their way to heaven," Carol Foster said.

--Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.

Paying respects

The funeral service for John T. Foster is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Workinger-Semmel Funeral Home & Crematorium Inc., 849 E. Market St. in York City.

Viewings are from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Church of God, 601 Wallace St. in the city, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Susquehanna Memorial Gardens.