Originally from New Jersey, J.R. graduated from Clemson University and Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He began his tenure with RUF in 1999 as the campus minister at Florida State University. After five years in Florida, J.R. accepted a call to begin RUF at Virginia Tech, where he served for six years. In the summer of 2010, the Fosters moved to Greenville, SC in order for J.R. to begin a call as the Area Coordinator for RUF in SC, GA, and FL. He has been married since 1995 to his wife, Eliza, whom he met while they were both students at Clemson. J.R. and Eliza are the parents of two sons and a daughter.