Pastor David Foster’s Farewell Tribute Video – Must See

Less than 24 hours before God welcomed him home, pastor David Foster preached the last message of the series “Messy Like Me (The 6 people you meet on the way to heaven)”….

His voice in this video comes entirely from this last message.

Most of the words on the screen come from people he touched, who shared their love through their words in this website.

Thanks to:
David Young – who had the IDEA and who selected the video snippets
Matt Singleton – who created this wonderful video.


I Thank my Lord and savior for placing such a full of life and loving messenger Dr David Foster. I know it was no accident life anything in our life in the Lord allowing DR. Foster reach me like no other has on the Lord’s words with his unique communication skills. He could lift a Scripture and story right off the page and put it in your mind and make it real and make it memorable enough to apply and use it in the real world like no other. A true gift from God he had and I know in my eyes a a true living disciple of God. I believe this with all of my heart. He had the Lord’s power in his actions and words and I could feel it everytime he spoke. I have never experienced this with just a few such as Billy Graham. I could go on for hours, but Thank the Lord for his messenger and my Friend and Pastor Dr David Foster RIP

He did change the way I see and approach reading and seeing the Bible for ever. I Thank the Lord for his messenger Dr d.

by Keith Washington on April 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm. Reply #

Thank you all for the video. It was awesome. I so appreciate the memorial video, the last service video and all the others that are out there. I wish that I could have been at the memorial service but I was not able to be. You are helping me get through this. Keep up the good work! Please give Paula and the girls a hug for me. My heart is full of love for them.

by Lisa Hurst on April 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm. Reply #

A truly enlightened, Godly, loving, and real human being that will forever leave an impression on my soul. What a wonderful person he was and will remain in the hearts of so many.

by ZacharyForbesMusic from Youtube on April 9, 2012 at 7:45 am. Reply #

I’ve watched this twice tonight, and it makes my heart melt. I’m so thankful I knew David and got to learn about Jesus through him.

by Samuel Harrison via Facebook on April 9, 2012 at 7:52 am. Reply #

Okay – just do me a favor and take the next few minutes, watch this video and allow yourself to get excited about Jesus. This was taken from Dr. David Foster’s last message preached 1 week ago – Sunday, April 1st. He died in his sleep hours after delivering this sermon. This could be the “highlight reel” from someone’s entire preaching career — but for Dave, speaking with this type of passion and TRUTH was a typical Sunday morning. The Gathering got to enjoy this type of enthusiasm every week and we are so thankful that his words will live on through the technology we have today. Thank you Paula Foster for showing us all what it means to handle the ultimate curveball with grace and beauty, and still point ALL the glory to God, even when we don’t understand……

by Karyn Williams via Facebook on April 9, 2012 at 7:54 am. Reply #

What an awesome video!!! For those who knew David Foster – PLEASE WATCH!!
Love my Gathering Family and so blessed to be a part of it.

by Deb Silvera Cohen via Facebook on April 9, 2012 at 7:55 am. Reply #

Such a great tribute video to Dr Foster taken from his last message.

by Emily Daniel via Facebook on April 9, 2012 at 7:55 am. Reply #

My pastor and my friend’s last sermon…or at least a few moments from his last sermon. A great man has passed.

by Richard A. Rice via Facebook on April 9, 2012 at 7:56 am. Reply #

Thank you so much for this video thank you Lord Jesus for David Forster; for the Foster Family. Not just for myself, I will forever be grateful for the love and courage he gave my best friend Shelia Landers who struggled with cancer and had a home in this congregation. That she had a place here. She lost her battle two years but she knew from whom her peace came. Her death was sudden too. She rejoiced everyday. God bless you all. God bless the Foster family and God bless Pastor Dave for all he did for me, for my friend Shelia and for my brothers and sisters at the Gathering.

by Amy Edwards on April 9, 2012 at 9:30 am. Reply #

Proud to call him my PASTOR.

I know he thought that was one of the biggest compliments and honors… will miss him, but treasure his messages that he has left behind and I will continue to GO GET ‘EM!

by AKorshoff via youtube on April 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm. Reply #

I didn’t know Dave real well… but I did enjoy three meals with him and all three times, we had time to go deep. We had, I think, conversations that moved the ball forward for everyone at the table.

He spent a day at my home a few years ago and I spent a day at The Gathering as well. What a courageous guy, and gifted communicator.

Everybody says nice things about people when they’re gone but some people are more extraordinary than most. Dave, I’m gonna miss you from Chicago.

by Perry Marshall on April 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm. Reply #

There will never be enough words to adequately express what Dr. David Foster means to Joe Olsen and I. We am so thankful to God for his influence, his love and his guidance in our lives. The things we will miss about him are countless and unending. He will FOREVER live in our hearts and minds thanks to the amazing lessons he taught us and the model he set for a life well-lived in abandonment to our loving God. So thankful for our family at The Gathering which he and Paula built and executed together with passion and perseverance to love people, all people.

“He comes in and gives us a new heart, and a new joy and a new possibility and all we gotta do is worship Him, stand in awe, repent of our sin and brokenness and turn to Him and confess that we need Him.” Yea God!

by Stephanie Williford Olsen via Facebook on April 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm. Reply #

Perfect message, perfect timing; too short of a “dash”…

by FullGrownSmokey via youtube on April 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm. Reply #

The essence of David Foster (from his last teaching), my pastor and friend.

Thank you David, and I will always miss you but not forget you. Your legacy will live on..and indeed with God all things are possible!

You helped give me that everlasting Hope.

by Tom Ranseen via Facebook on April 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm. Reply #

David, opened up my eyes to what/who a real Christian is—and he changed my life! I’m 58 yrs. old–spent my youth in the church and the rest of my years mostly out of the church. No one ever connected with me like David. What’s really ironic is that–I thought everyone who served in a church was being taken advantage of by the church. I couldn’t have been more WRONG! It’s a blessing and a blast at the same time. I wouldn’t want it any other way. I love my Gathering Family! What’s really cool is to take that love out into the world. People notice the difference. I will GREATLY miss my Pastor and my friend but–we must continue on and “GO Get ’em”!!!

by Terry on April 10, 2012 at 11:04 am. Reply #

Still in ONE peace!!

by Vic Scoggin on April 11, 2012 at 9:23 am. Reply #

I wish I had known this pastor.

by John walker on April 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm. Reply #

I attended BCC in Nashville for 2 years in 2002 & 2003. Dr. Foster was, and will forever be an inspiration in my life. I live in NH and still listen to his podcasts. I have every one he ever made. I had the honor of working with him and Paula and the whole staff as a member of the tech team. His messages and teachings helped me to grow close to God and each time I listen to a message, I learn something new about myself and learn new ways the Jesus loves me for the man I am. My thoughts and prayers are with Paula and the family and the entire church community. All of us were so blessed to have Pastor Dave be a part of my life.

by Rich Clough on April 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm. Reply #

I will forever miss this great and wonderful man. David Foster was a true Pastor that lead his flock with humor, honesty and integrity. My heart goes out to his wife, Paula and his children. I know that Dave is with his God now and is at peace.

by Jaye Kloss on April 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm. Reply #

Pastor Dave was the funniest pastor ever. I bet I’d feel heart broken if I were you guys.

by Christian on April 20, 2012 at 5:56 pm. Reply #

The comment about Pr. Dave being the funniest comes from my 8 yo. who never got to attend children’s church because the first time we went to the Gathering he fell in love with the preaching and style of Pr. Dave… both my boys loved him very much !! Christian keeps watching the farewell video over and over… !!

by Christian on April 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm. Reply #

I had no idea he was gone, I am so incredibly sorry for his family and all who loved him!

It is easier to lose one we love that we know we WILL see again, but it sure is hard while we wait.

by amylh322 via youtube on April 30, 2012 at 6:27 am. Reply #

I listened again to David’s Farewell Video tonight. His last message was not preached on April 1, 2012. His message is being reiterated over and over on a daily basis throughout the world. I don’t know about anyone else, but the profound changes that have taken place in my life as a result of his death have been nothing less than miraculous. I have shared this video with many unbelieving friends who are now searching. My heart goes out to Paula and the girls, but know that your husband/dad is more alive than ever, and his message is being heard in newer and greater ways. Yeah GOD!!!

by Kimberly Davis on May 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm. Reply #

I have been struggling with what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say this. David Foster did nothing short of saving my life. Both my parents died of Lung Cancer and to say I was angry at God is an understatement. While I was mourning my Dad’s death, I made a last ditch effort to go to church and I saw David speak for the first time. His message was about questioning authority, and that if we thought he was our direct line to God we were looking to the wrong person. He spoke at length about the quality of your relationship with God, and how Jesus hung out with the lowest of the low, the broken and bruised and sad and lonely. He said that if we think we are better then anyone because we are Christians, then we are missing the point.
That message impacted me, so deeply that I went back to hear him speak again. I saw him speak tons of times and every time he opened my heart to God, love, and acceptance. He taught me how to be a christian, how to have a relationship with God, and how to accept people who are messy and broken (just like me). There are not enough words in the dictionary to sum up the impact that David Foster had on me. I saw him handle very difficult situations with love and Grace rather than with spite and anger. I saw him forgive people, treat people with kindness when they didn’t deserve it (but really needed it), and I saw him love and accept so many different people.
I am so grateful for having encountered him in lifetime, and I am so thankful that he was so passionate about God, that he sparked enthusiasm in me. Thank you for everything and “Yay God”!

by Christy on May 18, 2012 at 9:51 am. Reply #

Dear Mrs. Foster, I just found out of your husbands passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family. It saddens me greatly that I did not take the time to write him to introduce myself and thank him sooner. I unfortunately let life’s busyness and procrastination get the better of me. His book “The Power To Prevail, Turning Adversities into Advantages” helped me greatly. It renewed my faith and it gave me hope for a better life serving Jesus Christ our Lord. It is the best motivational book from a Christian perspective that I have ever read… And I have read and listened to on CD people like Anthony Robins, John Maxwell, Joel Osteen, just to name a few . On more than one occasion I have turned to your husbands book and reread it and it again renewed my hope and faith. I am sorry I did not make the time to write and thank him sooner. I was however able to friend him on Facebook and sign up to get your updates on your different ministries. I am sorry that I did not find out till now. Although I did not know him personally I can say that through his writing’s Pastor David Foster changed and my life and inspired me deeply. He helped me to believe that it is never too late to start again and to never ever give up! My Prayers and support go out to you, your family and ministry.

God blessings,

Brad White
Huntington Beach, CA

by Brad White on May 18, 2012 at 1:24 pm. Reply #

Was catching up with my emails, when I saw “A Letter From Paula”. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Pastor David Foster. A few years ago, after I lost my younger Brother to cancer, I began to listen and watch Pastor David online pretty regularly for that season in my life as I walked with Jesus with a heavy heart. I must say that his enthusiasm for Christ was infectious and the encouragement I received from Pastor David’s messages during those times was so welcomed, so refreshing, and I was so thankful to God more than words alone could ever express. Praise God for this man of true and deep faith in the loving mercy of God. To the burned out world of “churchianity” filled with so many “religious trappings”, he had a special way – a gift from God – of being able to clear away the cobwebs of legalism so only God’s unconditional love and grace would shine through and be on display for the whole world to see it and receive it by faith. Christ was his King of Kings and Lord of Lords as he is for all of us who trust in His Name. Pastor David – Heavens joy is now yours forever! Praise God for his life and his shepherds heart. Heavenly Father, in their moments of tears and grief, be the family’s peace in this new normal for them. I grieve with them and carry a heavy heart still (My Father has also died on October 8th of 2011). Prayerfully yours in Christ, Gino < Be encouraged…We WILL all be together again one day! HALLELUJAH!!!

by Gino on May 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm. Reply #

Okay, have to say, well not in enough or proper words I’m sure, how touched I just was. This message, or a combination of them, was perfect timing for this “time in my life.” And to think the words came from a gentleman, Pastor David , who left earth over a year ago. Thanks just the same Pastor David, your words have changed my life. I didn’t know you, but feel I do now. I, along with many others I’m sure, miss you. Here is where the words can’t come easily, plus my eyes and heart are flooded, so humbly I say – thank you.

by Deborah Smith Ford on September 15, 2013 at 9:48 am. Reply #

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