Pastor Josh Wilson | Biography
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Biography

Early Years

My early years were spent living in a mobile home on the edge of a tiny village of just 2,500 people in central Ohio. My parents worked at a small Christian school operated by our conservative, independent Baptist church. We were flat broke, but life was good. My younger brother and I spent countless hours exploring the adjacent cornfields and practicing for future NFL stardom. Educators by training, my parents were always teaching, usually Scripture. While still a child, I came to realize my need for Jesus and naively but genuinely surrendered by heart to the King.

Call to Ministry

When I was just seven years old, God called me to spend my life sharing Jesus in places of spiritual need. Days later, God spoke to my parents, calling them to Missions. Over the next decade our family served as missionaries in Moscow, Russia sharing Jesus and launching a church. During those years, my calling was reinforced, sharpened, and clarified. In Moscow, I fell in love with the city and came to understand spiritual darkness can be just as intense in a secular, urban context as in the far-away jungles of childhood missionary stories. In Moscow, I fell in love with seeing Jesus transform lives. I knew I wanted to spend my life spreading the good news.

Ministry Development

After a decade in Moscow, I came back for to the US college, but God’s development plan would take me far beyond my own expectations. Over the next decade, I poured myself into theological education in college and then seminary. During eight years of study, my faith became more historical, more charitable, and more thoroughly Biblical, but most importantly, my love for Jesus continued to grow. As I’ve grappled with the thorny questions of ethics, science, culture, and faith, a burden also grew for those who’d rejected Christ because of encounters with faulty expressions of cultural Christianity. God has given me a heart to see educated, but unbelieving people move past peripheral hang-ups to meet Jesus.

Call to Multi-Ethnic Ministry

As I pursued ministry in the urban context, I gradually began to understand how deeply America was divided by painful racial fractures. I believed that the church was the hope of the world, but found that, far too often, the racial rifts in society extend into our congregations. I became convinced that if the church was to bear witness to the Gospel’s reconciling power, our congregations would have to more consistently reflect the ethnic diversity of their communities.

Heart Change Fellowship

In the summer of 2015, I accepted a call to join the Pastoral team of Heart Change Fellowship in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. As Connections Pastor I work to help people connect with Jesus, the church, their campuses and neighborhoods.

Degrees Earned

As much as I’ve learned in the classroom, my heart has always been for the church. Over six internships, and a year and a half of staff ministry, I served under many godly mentors who’ve invested in me teaching me to read God’s Word rightly, teach it faithfully, and relate to others relevantly. They’ve given me the space to make mistakes, challenged me on immaturity, and modeled what it means to serve God’s church. This experience has grown me immensely while continuing to stoke my passion to see people come to know and follow Jesus.

Bachelor of Arts
Pastoral Ministry

Master of Ministry
Church-Planting

Master of Divinity
Urban Ministry

Early Years

My early years were spent living in a mobile home on the edge of a tiny village of just 2,500 people in central Ohio. My parents worked at a small Christian school operated by our conservative, independent Baptist church. We were flat broke, but life was good. My younger brother and I spent countless hours exploring the adjacent cornfields and practicing for future NFL stardom. Educators by training, my parents were always teaching, usually Scripture. While still a child, I came to realize my need for Jesus and naively but genuinely surrendered by heart to the King.

Call to Ministry

When I was just seven years old, God called me to spend my life sharing Jesus in places of spiritual need. Days later, God spoke to my parents, calling them to Missions. Over the next decade our family served as missionaries in Moscow, Russia sharing Jesus and launching a church. During those years, my calling was reinforced, sharpened, and clarified. In Moscow, I fell in love with the city and came to understand spiritual darkness can be just as intense in a secular, urban context as in the far-away jungles of childhood missionary stories. In Moscow, I fell in love with seeing Jesus transform lives. I knew I wanted to spend my life spreading the good news.

Ministry Development

After a decade in Moscow, I came back for to the US college, but God’s development plan would take me far beyond my own expectations. Over the next decade, I poured myself into theological education in college and then seminary. During eight years of study, my faith became more historical, more charitable, and more thoroughly Biblical, but most importantly, my love for Jesus continued to grow. As I’ve grappled with the thorny questions of ethics, science, culture, and faith, a burden also grew for those who’d rejected Christ because of encounters with faulty expressions of cultural Christianity. God has given me a heart to see educated, but unbelieving people move past peripheral hang-ups to meet Jesus.

Call to Multi-Ethnic Ministry

As I pursued ministry in the urban context, I gradually began to understand how deeply America was divided by painful racial fractures. I believed that the church was the hope of the world, but found that, far too often, the racial rifts in society extend into our congregations. I became convinced that if the church was to bear witness to the Gospel’s reconciling power, our congregations would have to more consistently reflect the ethnic diversity of their communities.

Heart Change Fellowship

In the summer of 2015, I accepted a call to join the Pastoral team of Heart Change Fellowship in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. As Connections Pastor I work to help people connect with Jesus, the church, their campuses and neighborhoods.

Degrees Earned

As much as I’ve learned in the classroom, my heart has always been for the church. Over six internships, and a year and a half of staff ministry, I served under many godly mentors who’ve invested in me teaching me to read God’s Word rightly, teach it faithfully, and relate to others relevantly. They’ve given me the space to make mistakes, challenged me on immaturity, and modeled what it means to serve God’s church. This experience has grown me immensely while continuing to stoke my passion to see people come to know and follow Jesus.

Bachelor of Arts
Pastoral Ministry

Master of Ministry
Church-Planting

Master of Divinity
Urban Ministry