Pastor Paul and Maria Foslien
Paul Foslien is the founding pastor of Living Word Family Church in Naples, Florida. He started the church in 1998 with only seventeen people attending the first service. Since then, the church has grown to a weekly attendance of more than 2,000 people. Living Word Family Church is known in the community for creatively impacting the people of Southwest Florida through "I Love My Community" outreach events.
Pastor Paul’s life in ministry started as a young man wishing to answer the call God placed on his life by attending RHEMA Bible College in Tulsa, Oklahoma. There, he studied under great men and women of God. After being equipped with the skills and knowledge needed for ministry on a large-scale, he was ready to live out the vision in his heart— for people all around the world to come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, find their destiny, and be used in furthering His kingdom.
Maria Foslien’s life in ministry started in 1986 serving at Living Word Christian Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her responsibilities included working in the youth, prayer, and music ministries. There, she studied and grew under the ministry of Pastor Mac and Lynne Hammond, and now oversees the music ministry here at Living Word Family Church.
Prior to their ministry in Florida, Pastor Paul and Maria have been taken to other parts of the world. In 1993 they moved their family to the Russian nation of Belarus where they distributed humanitarian aid. Together, they started a church that quickly grew to several hundred people. In 1996, they turned the church over to the Belarussian nationals, and moved back to the U.S. The church in Belarus is still going strong today.
Pastor Paul has seen and experienced many aspects within his ministry and recently acquired a passion to assist other pastors within their own ministries. He currently serves as the Regional Director over the state of Florida for RMAI, “RHEMA Ministerial Association International”. Serving in this capacity has given him the opportunity to help and assist hundreds of ministers within the organization.
Pastor Paul and Maria have been married since 1989. They are proud parents to three children, and loving grandparents to three grandchildren.