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Rev. Cleophus Foster, Pastor
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
Chicago, IL
But Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

Cleophus (Cleo) is the eighth child born to Rev. Dr. W. H. Foster, Sr. and Louise Foster. Under the leadership of his father, Dr. W.H. Foster, Sr. Cleo accepted Christ and was baptized at the age of 10 at the Greater First Baptist Church. He yielded to the call of his heavenly Father and accepted his calling to the ministry in 1988 at the age of 22 and he was ordained to Preach in 1995.

Cleophus has served in various capacities and ministries in the Church. He served as a Youth Leader, Sunday School Instructor, member of the Finance Committee, Dean of Records for the Leadership School, Associate Minister, and Co-Pastor at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church

Cleophus is a graduate of Westinghouse Vocational high School, Kankakee Community College (ALS), Booker Memorial College-Dermott, Arkansas (BA Christian Education; Master Theology); Andersonville Theological Seminary-Camille, Georgia(Doctorate Ministry). He is a certified Dean through the SSPB an auxiliary to the National Baptist Convention of USA, Inc..

Cleophus has been on the staff of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education since 2000 as an instructor and now serves as a Discussion Leader for Division 1.


Cleophus has been employed at Harris Trust and Savings, H. McNelty School, Allstate Insurance Company, Clark Refinery, Maryville Academy, Triton College, Little City Foundation of Palatine and for the past eleven years with Cook County at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

Cleophus has three children Corvete Nicole, Teshaun O’Dell and Klevete U’Netra.

Cleophus is married to Marian D. Dakers

Cleophus is faith driven and believes in the power of prayer. God has taken him through a teaching experience like He did with the disciples. I have the burning compassion, desire and concern for God’s people. That they will know how important it is to not only to have a personal relationship with God, but that relationship becomes a way of life.


Cleophus is reaching to become one of God’s leaders to help change the lives of people through teaching and preaching the uncut word.