Do you sense God is calling you to serve the church as a lay person in some capacity? Do you think it might be cool to make a living doing something as rewarding as working with youth, children or adult faith formation? What is the difference between ordained ministry and serving the church as a lay person? Can one support a family working for the Church? Is it conducive or harmful to family life? In this workshop, Joshua Johnson will share his own experience and advice in grappling with these questions and discerning a career in youth ministry, young adult ministry or religious education.
A newcomer to the Northwest but a veteran in youth ministry, Josh currently serves as the Director of the Ignite Your Torch Northwest Youth Confernce and the Director of Evangelization for Young Adults and Youth and Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Bremerton, WA. He previously served as a campus minister, taught RCIA and worked with youth and prison ministry in southern Virginia. Before coming into full communion with the Catholic Church he was a United Methodist pastor and Vice President of the Rainmakers, a fundraising firm in the Washington, DC area. He holds a Master of Theological Studies from Duke University and a BS in Government from Liberty University.
Josh has been featured in local and national media outlets, including a feature story in NPR Radio’s All Things Considered, EWTN’s Journey Home and EWTN Radio’s Deep in Scripture as well as various newspaper and journal articles. He is happily married and so far has been blessed with three children.