In this Olympic ministry, Gaylorn Foreman will have the ever increasing number of Pastors from a wide rang of denominations under his pastoral wing. He is not new to this, he served in this role at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 2000 Sydney Olympic LWFCI outreaches.
Gaylon Foreman founded Berea Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas. In May of 1990 he was called to Pastor Carver Park Baptist Church and has faithfully served in the Spirit of Excellence. Married to D. Yvette Foreman with two wonderful children, Shelby Janay and Gaylon Jermon.
Press Service International's Mark Tronson sourced this interview of Gaylorn Foreman and this is his story.
Growing up years
I am the fifth child of 10 born to William and Undree Foreman in Fort Worth, Texas. Raised in the inner city, a less fortunate area of town. We didn't have a lot of material wealth, but my parents instilled within us a love for God, family, and others. I was raised in church, but drifted from it in my early teens. I experimented with drugs and alcohol and ended up in a back-slidden state while still attending church, but was not in a right relationship with God.
Conversion to follow Christ and Christian development
At the end of my senior year in High School, I became restless as I realised that there had to be more to life than what I was living and seeing others around me living. I was led of God to visit a different church from the one that I had been attending with my family and the Word of God pricked my heart. I was led to continue attending and one Sunday morning Jesus became real to me as the Pastor preached "You've Left Your First Love" and I was convicted on the spot and came to Jesus and surrendered my life.
I became a student of the Word and attended every Bible study that I could find and God began to grow me and mature me in the faith. A year later, I surrendered to the call to ministry and for the past 30 years have been preaching, teaching and living the Word of God.
Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Master of Education in Counselling, Master in Biblical Studies, and Doctorate In Clinical Pastoral Counselling are my academic credentials and an author of two books, "No More Bad Days" and "Who Will Stand: A Challenge to God's People".
Preparation on UK ministry
In preparation for the 2012 Outreach, I have established a Prayer Team (Intercessors) that daily lifts up the effort and those involved, started developing outreach plans such as street ministry, sports camps, and worship services to try to reach as many as we can for the Kingdom. I also have intensified my workout schedule as I want to be physically ready to serve as needed.
Having been recently elevated to District Director of the Central Texas District of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, this has given me much opportunity to inform a wide range of people on this upcoming 2012 London Olympic LWFCI - Bridging the Gap ministry.
Strategic thinking on evangelism
My approach to evangelism is simple - we meet people where they are and share the love of Jesus in such a way that they see the need to get to know Him. We do this through various efforts such as passing out tracts, singing in public areas/sharing our faith with those who stop to listen, conducting sports camps, where athletes teach the sport, but also share their faith, and utilising puppet shows, praise dances and various other gifts to draw people and then sharing Jesus with them while they are there.
We will also have worship services that are open to the public and have former Olympic athletes as well as some current ones (if we can get some to participate) share their faith as well as a sermon by one of the Pastors.