Meet the Pastor
Dr. Joshua came to us from Wisconsin via the Detroit-Metro area where he served as an Associate Pastor. He has a heart for all of God's creation and a strong drive to help people have their questions answered no matter how hard they may seem.
When did you become a believer?
I did not grow up in a Christian home, so church was something we did on Christmas to make my grandma happy. It wasn't until freshman year of college, while I was writing a paper on evolution, that I was blindsided by the gospel. As a philosophy guy, I hold reason and logic in high regard, so it was blatantly obvious that evolution was either guided or never happened, either way I was stuck with a God.
It was at this point that I began to study with any religious group that would have me. Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Catholic priests, Buddhists, Islam, etc. I even studied the Church of Satan and Scientology. To make a long story short, it was the bible's teaching, history, and philosophical depth that convinced me of the truth of the gospel. I knew I was a sinner in need of a savior and Christ is the only one who can save me.
What is your educational background?
I received my BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Philosophy, my MA in the Philosophy of Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and my PhD in Philosophy of Religion through Southern Evangelical Seminary.
As a side note, I lived in a van during my time at Trinity (no, not down by the river). Check out this video link if you are bored.
I am happily married to my best friend, Shanna. We have three children: Nina, Amara, and Mason.
Fun things I love to do
I like to kayak, hike, camp, read, take my wife out dancing, go spelunking with my kids, go to the renaissance faire, poke a fire, go shooting; basically, I like to be outside. I'm also a Police Chaplin for the Iowa City Police Department.