Josh is from the small-but-fancy West Texas town of Lubbock. Before that he’s called a few other places home: Brownwood, Texas and Fort Worth, Texas. March 2002 Josh came on a trip to Salt Lake City for Spring Break and rumor has it he never went back to Lubbock after that. Though he was raised in the plains of the panhandle, bury him in Salt Lake City.
October 2005 Becky Burns said, ‘yes’ to Josh at the Millcreek Inn making her Becky Rosenthal and there were a hundred or so folks there to prove it. Becky and Josh live downtown with their childlike dog, Henry. For now he’s the only child they have, though they are working toward becoming foster parents.
Josh is the worship pastor at Missio Dei where he aims to develop more leaders who could lead the people of Missio Dei in worship through song. Essentially, everything that happens on a Sunday – set up/tear down and the service fall under Josh’s responsibility. Prior to Missio Josh has been apart of 3 church plants in Draper and one downtown. One of Josh’s greatest joys is to watch the culture emerging from Salt Lake City right now. Much of the country doesn’t understand and sometimes we’re the butt of their jokes, but there’s a reckoning coming.
In the decade that Josh has lived in Salt Lake City the Christian community has morphed dramatically for the better. Ten years ago it seemed that Christians had more of a chip on their shoulder, at least the ones he knew. They appeared always out to prove the other religions wrong. He hopes to see more indigenous gospel-centered communities emerge from this great city in the coming years that love Jesus and aim to see him exalted for the joy of those who know him.