Ministry Staff

The church is served by two co-pastors, Reverend Chris Foster and Reverend Shavon Starling-Louis.

Pastor Chris and family
Chris and Andrew Foster with Janak and Ann

Rev. Christine (Chris) Johnson Foster, Co-Pastor. Born in Washington, DC and raised in Washington State, Chris attended Princeton University as an undergraduate majoring in Politics before returning to Washington State for a couple of years of work prior to starting seminary. She is a 1988 graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary and was ordained and served as Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care and Mission Outreach at First Presbyterian Church, West Chester, Pennsylvania (1989-97) before moving to Rhode Island . Since moving to Rhode Island she has been in ministry as Associate Minister, First Congregational Church, Fall River (1998-2001) and temporary supply to Barrington Presbyterian Church. She is married to Brown University Professor/Director of the Population Studies Center, Andrew Foster, with two teens, adopted as toddlers from India. When not in ministry part time with the church, you can find her out and about in the community, or running with her kids' schedules.

Shavon and family
Shavon Starling-Louis and Kirk Louis with Sariah Louis

Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis, Co-Pastor. Shavon grew up in Florida, raised by a hardworking grandmother. After graduating from St. Leo University with a B.A. Psychology – Cum Laude in 2008, she accompanied her husband, Kirkley, while he served a tour of duty with the U. S. Coast Guard. When that tour was completed she entered Columbia Theological Seminary and graduated with a Masters in Divinity in May 2013. While at Columbia, she distinguished herself in an in depth research effort at the intersection of art, worship, and multi-culturalism for which she was awarded honors in the area of practical theology. Upon her graduation she was awarded the William Dudley Award for excellence in the area of evangelism and church growth. After graduating from Seminary, Shavon accepted a call as solo pastor to the First Presbyterian church in Midwest City, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City. Her responsibilities in that position were diverse, but she particularly found joy in crafting worship, pastoral care, encouraging as many people as possible to be involved with congregational life, and in leading the community in faithful discernment. She is currently servicing the wider church through Executive leadership for NEXT Church and the General Assembly Committee for the Self Development of People.