I am the husband of a beautiful, free-spirited, adventurous wife and the father of four wonderful kiddos (I often call them monkeys… for good reason). We refer to ourselves as the Hyphen Nation, due to our unusual last name. The short story on that one: my step-dad adopted me when I was little, and I chose to hyphenate the names. There are a grand total of six Foster-Whiddons in the world, and you’ve now met 16.67% of them.
I live in my hometown of Moultrie, deep in southwest Georgia. Though most people would not classify me as a redneck, I love being from South Georgia (yes, we refer to it as if it is its own state). The deep south is full of class, character, story and intrigue. People may laugh at our drawl, but they love to hear it! Moultrie is a quaint little town of about 15,000 with an iconic southern downtown courthouse. It is smack-dab in the middle of farming country, but it’s a half-day’s drive to lots of cool stuff… the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, Orlando, Tallahassee, Savannah, Atlanta, Birmingham, Augusta. Don’t get me started on the great trails within few hours’ drive… the Florida Trail, the Pinhoti Trail, the Pine Mountain Trail, the Benton MacKaye Trail, and (who can fail to mention) the Appalachian Trail. Ready to move to Moultrie yet?
I own a business called Beans & Strings. It’s a quaint little combo business; Beans & Strings is a music school with a coffee shop in it. I am a musician and have taught lessons for many years. My primary instrument is guitar (I love fingerstyle acoustic) and also enjoy playing bass and drums. I can play most stringed instruments well enough to “fake it” and plink around a little on the piano. I am a songwriter and enjoy tunes with interesting musical structures and well-turned phrases. I’m an analog kind of guy; I like my books to have pages, my watches to have arms, and my albums to spin on a turntable. I love to write and I dabble in graphic design.
I graduated from Emmanuel College in May, 2001 with a degree in Christian Ministries and started my career as a vocational minister in June. I served in the pastorate for almost a decade before making the transition to the business world in 2010.
I am a newbie hiker… I went on my first trip in 2013. I am passionate about the trail and being outdoors, and I find all sorts of parallels between hiking, business, and following Jesus.