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John Foster (1897-1973)

John Foster was born in Yorkshire and trained for the Wesleyan ministry at Handsworth College. He served as a missionary in China from 1922, where he taught in a school, before being appointed to a lecturership at the Union Theological College. In 1937 Foster returned to Britain and took up the post of Professor of Church History at Selly Oak College, Birmingham. In 1947 he moved to Glasgow University as a lecturer in Church History and was appointed to the chair in that subject two years later. He was the first holder of a professional chair in theological studies, who was not an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland.

Foster wrote many books and was a regular broadcaster on radio and television. He retired in 1968.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1973

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