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Jacquelyn Foster, pastor of our congregation, is a minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. and Canada. Since ordination in 1982, she has served congregations in Massachusetts, Indiana, and Missouri. Jacque has been pastor of Compton Heights Christian Church since 1996.  She is deeply committed to God’s vision of a world in which people celebrate and use the many and diverse gifts we have been given to create communities of grace, peace and reconciliation.  She brings a passion for nurturing this multi-ethnic and Open and Affirming community of Christ’s love.

Dr. Foster’s educational background includes: Bachelor’s in Religious Education and Sociology from Phillips University, Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School, Residency in Clinical Pastoral Education, Hermann Hospital, Houston, TX, Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary, Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Mercy Center for Healing the Whole Person, Colorado Springs, CO, and training with The Compassionate Listening Project, Seattle, WA.

Jacque is married to Dave, and they share their home with Sherlock the pup and Darby the parrot.  Jacque loves to garden, play games, read, and travel.


Madison Peterson is our pastoral intern for the 2020/2021 school year. Madison calls the Kansas City Region home; she grew up in Lee’s Summit Christian Church and is a life-long Disciple. She first felt a call to ministry when she was in high school at her beloved church camp, Tall Oaks. After high school, Madison attended Missouri State in Springfield, Missouri. There, she was fed and nurtured by her campus ministry, Ekklesia, and their interfaith student group, Bears Better Together. She met her husband Orion  at MSU and they became partners both in life and in leadership roles in Bears Better Together.

Madison is starting her second year in seminary and is still discerning what her call to ministry looks like. She is very interested in chaplaincy; she had a great experience as a chaplain intern at St. Louis University Hospital in the summer of 2019. She is looking forward to learning from the good folks here at Compton Heights and is hopeful to pour herself and her gifts in to the life of this ministry.


Our Music Director is David French.  David grew up with involvement in church music in nearby Herculaneum, Missouri.  His passion is piano and he also plays organ.  David has studied music at Jefferson College and  Missouri Baptist University, has provided accompaniment for the music program at Forest Park Community College, and has served in church choral leadership.  David has fun with our choir in both choral direction and leadership of congregational song.


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