Foster Bell (the brother of founder and Senior Pastor, Clevie Bell) was ordained by Liberty Fellowship on October 29, 2000.
He had been associated with the church since the early days of its ministry, having been the guest preacher for several special occasions.
Prior to his Liberty Fellowship ordination, he had served in a wide range of ministries including missionary work in the Hawaiian Islands where he was instrumental in the establishment of three churches and served as State Overseer for a church organization.
After pastoring in Florida, he served for ten years on the faculty and administration of Tomlinson College in Cleveland, TN.
At present time, Foster and Sheila serve on the staff of Avondale Baptist Church in Macon Georgia, where he is Minister of Worship and serves in a variety of other leadership positions, preaching and teaching regularly.
His wife, Sheila, is a vital part of his ministry. Incidentally, she descends from the same “Early American” tribes as the Bell brothers. She is an extraordinarily gifted “people person” and worked as a nurse for nine years. She served on a missionary team to the Azores and currently has a vital children’s ministry with elementary school children. Once a month her “little people” (as she likes to call them) will stay after church and have pizza. Afterwards, they visit nursing homes where they sing for the elderly. After their program, each child personally greets each of the shut-ins.
They are profoundly grateful to be a part of the ministry and outreach of Liberty Fellowship and they are delighted that his Liberty Fellowship Ordination Certificate hangs on the wall of his church office. Although at the present time, they are working in a traditional Southern Baptist congregation, Foster and Sheila try to embody the essence of Liberty Fellowship as expressed in the key verse, “…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.”(II. Cor 3:17). When they sense the special moving of the Spirit of the Lord, Foster is sometimes compelled to lead the congregation in the more spontaneous and jubilant expressions of praise and worship, just as Sheila is not at all reluctant to let out with an unrestrained “Hallelujah"!