JULIE FOSTER (35) teaches at Collegedale Academy in Collegedale, Tenn., and likes to worship anywhere her students are involved or performing. Most often she attends either The Well or the Collegedale Church, where she also coaches the girls CAYA (Collegedale Adventist Youth in Action) junior varsity basketball team. Julie is married to Jason, and they have a son named Jace.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
It continually changes based on where I am in life, but my current favorite is Psalm 143:8-10, NKJV. I like this passage because it feels like a dialogue with God about how I want my day to go. The words “hear,”“know,” “deliver,” and “teach” are connected to “trust,” “shelter,” and acknowledgment of how good God is.
How are you involved in your community?
I’m involved through my students, usually. In my classes I try to teach the concept of “Get out!” Jesus told the disciples in the Great Commission to go out, not just to hang around in Jerusalem. James 1:27 talks about how pure religion is taking care of the widows and the orphans (those who are in need and have no one to help them). If we are just sitting at our desks, in our pews, or on our couches, then we aren’t doing what is asked of us.
What fuels your passion?
I love working with youth; they have great energy and ideas. Basketball has always been a passion of mine, and I love coaching because you get to bond with your players in a way you never will with other students. The team becomes a family—what an opportunity for demonstration of Christ’s love and patience!
What is your challenge to Adventists under 40?
Think of something you truly enjoy, and then find a way to use it glorify God. It may be easy or hard, depending on where you are geographically or even mentally, but if it doesn’t feel like a chore, you will want to use
it for the Lord.
compiled by Arthur Harper, communication summer intern