John Norman Foster (1907-75)
John Norman Foster was born in Hitchen, Hertfordshire. After a year as a pre-colleagiate in the Newbury Circuit he trained for the ministry at Richmond College, and was appointed in 1933 to the Hunan District in China. He served in China for nineteen years, narrowly escaping capture by the Japanese during their advance into Hunan in 1944. He was finally forced to abandon his station and join a long difficult march into a neighbouring province.
After the end of the war and a period of home furlough, he returned to China until he was compelled to leave the country by the Communist government in 1952. After a year as a circuit minister in England, he went to Sierra Leone in West Africa for one year and then after a period in the Barnsley (west) circuit, he joined the staff of the theological school at Sibu in Sarawak for five years from 1957. After returning from overseas, he spent ten years in English circuits before superannuating in 1972.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1973