Lead Pastor

Josh, originally from Iowa, moved to New Haven for school. While not knowing what was in store, Josh came for an adventure. He found it through studying and trying to live out justice, love, and community. After graduating Yale in the spring of 2008, he decided to stay in New Haven to go to Yale Divinity School for a M.Div, to pursue his future wife, and to invest further in New Haven.

Around the same time, Josh plugged into Elm City Vineyard and soon became its first intern. During that process, Josh started a few prayer groups on Yale’s campus and established and grew a connection ECV has with Agape Church for the Housed and Unhoused where Josh serves along with a core group of ECVers. Right before his graduation in 2011, Josh was ordained as a pastor in the Vineyard and accepted a job with InterVarsity where he served as a campus minister for Yale College. Weeks later, he happily married his wife, Tina, in a very musical service followed by a reception with much dancing. In 2014, Josh became ECV’s first full-time Lead Pastor, and he is thankful and excited for how God is maturing ECV’s vision and taking us to new places. Josh and Tina live in the Edgewood neighborhood of New Haven where they are seeking to love their neighbors with their daughters, Zoe and Joy.