MAI Location: Los Angeles
Job Responsibility: Urban Missionary
Josh was born and raised in Central Illinois with his parents, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. He has played soccer ever since I was 5 years old. He came to know the Lord 2 years after accepting a scholarship to continue his playing career at Olivet Nazarene University, a Christian College 40 minutes south of Chicago. After 4 years there he graduated with a degree in Spanish. Josh then moved to South America one month after graduating to pursue missions and a professional soccer career in Ecuador. After 2 years there, He married his beautiful Ecuadorian wife, Adriana. In 2012, they returned to the States as Josh was offered a graduate assistant position for the men´s soccer team at his Alma Matter. He was the assistant coach there for 2 years and received a Master´s degree in Christian Ministry May, 2014. He, his wife, and their 1 year old little boy, Elijah, will be living and working with MAI Seahorses in Southern California.
How & why did you become a MAI Missionary?
I played with the seahorses in their 2013 season. My wife and I loved our time being a part of the organization. With my wife and her entire family being from Ecuador, and mine from the Midwest, it was difficult to make a career decision after graduating in May 2014. My wife and I both have a desire to serve the Lord and that is our priority. So, after searching and asking for God´s direction for my family´s future, it was made clear to us that we were to pursue this opportunity presented to us by the MAI SoCal Seahorses. I have felt strongly called to serve the Lord through missions ever since I became a Christian 6 years ago. We are excited to put all of our God given desires, talents, and gifts into motion serving the Lord and the people He loves over in Southern California.