Get to Know Our Pastor at New Life Ministry Baptist Church

Dr. Kenneth Foy, Sr. is our dedicated Pastor here at New Life Ministry Baptist Church in New Orleans. In April 2009, he, his wife and family restarted our ministry after the church was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They were determined to continue doing this great work of God.

His Family Life

Aside from being a pastor, Dr. Kenneth Foy, Sr. is also a licensed marriage and family therapist, a compassionate counselor, a caring husband, and a loving father.

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A Troubled Past

As a result of Pastor Foy's continual rejection of Jesus Christ, he found himself serving over a ten-year prison sentence. Prison was the place where he had is first genuine encounter with Jesus Christ and accepted Him as his Lord and Savior, but not long afterward, the prison was also the place where Pastor Foy acknowledged and accepted his call to ministry. 

Turning His Life Around

After serving for more than 10 years in prison, Pastor Foy enrolled in the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained as a minister of the Gospel in 1997 at the Elysian Fields Baptist Church by Dr. Ken Taylor.

Deciding to further his knowledge and educational background, he obtained the following degrees & counseling license:

  • Associate’s Degree in Christian Education (May 1998)

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministries (December 1999)

  • Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling (December 2002)

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist by the State of Louisiana (March 2005)

  • Doctorate in Ministry With a Specialization in Pastoral Counseling (December 2010)

Providing Professional Counselor

"Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist"

Pastor Foy has been providing counseling services in a clinical and ministerial setting for more than 16 years. He combines his knowledge of theology and psychology to offer a holistic approach to counseling. This includes providing education and training through seminars, workshops, and marriage retreats as well.

Pastor Foy provided lay counseling training for those who wish to offer such help within their ministry. Aside from this, Pastor Foy also provides marriage and family therapy within his community. His passion for strengthening relationships, within the African American community, led to the creation of the "Rekindle the Fire Marriage Ministry."

Pastor Foy defines Counseling with one word (i.e., insight). He defines insight as to the ability to see into what has been hidden, distorted or covered up. His scriptural foundation can be found in the Bible which states, Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors, there is safety (proverbs 11:14).

Associate Professor of Psychology

As a servant of God, Dr. Foy has dedicated his life to impacting the people for the glory of God. That is why he advocates for healthy living that promotes spiritual maturity, psychological wellness, emotional stability, and physical wellness.

He experienced in providing substance abuse & dependency education and treatment where he developed what he calls “Eight Essentials to Recovery." His work reveals that the principles of recovery are fundamental for both the Bible and the Twelve Step programs. He calls it the faith and work principles approach to recovery.

Pastor Foy is also an Associate Professor of Psychology at Southern University in New Orleans, where he enjoys teaching young adults as well as providing them with the essentials skills and necessary life skills. He has served there as a Professor for over six years.