Rev. Foster Schmitt, Senior Pastor
The Alanson Church of the Nazarene welcomed the new pastoral family, Rev. Foster Schmitt and his wife Charlene at a Covenant Service on August 26, 2012.
Rev. Schmitt was born and raised in Monroe, Michigan, into a farming family/community. He is a second career pastor having worked almost 23 years for Consumers Energy supervising a department of 150 employees. In 1997 when at the Eastern Michigan District Camp Meeting, God redirected his life to full time ministry. He graduated from Nazarene Bible College in 2002 with a BA in Pastoral Ministries with a double major in Biblical Studies and Christian Counseling.
He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Rev. Schmitt served nearly ten years as lead pastor in Pompano Beach, Florida, a culturally diverse, multiple staff, medium size church. He has stated that formal secular employment training, his education at Nazarene Bible College, continued education at Trevecca Nazarene University, and life experiences have provided him with effective skills in pastoral care, Christian counseling, evaluating, organizing, communicating, and decision making.
He says, "My love for Christ and His call on my life remains strong; desiring to lead others to salvation, equip people to become faithfull followers of Jesus Christ and encourage them to become all that God wants them to be."
Rev. Schmitt married Charlene on November 5, 1977. He says his wife is his greatest inspiration! She desires to be in the center of God’s will and participates in many capacities of church life. She is a strong believer and has co-ministered throughout their marriage.
They have two adult children, a daughter Bethany, and a son Chad who is married to Christine. They have three grandchildren.
Rev. Catherine Greenhoe, Executive Pastor
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Catherine began her ministry in 2001 at the Alanson Church of the Nazarene, where she continues to serve as Executive Pastor. She received her first local license in 2002 and received her first district license in 2003. Catherine was ordained as an elder in June of 2007.