STAFF PROFILES: PASTOR JOSH LEWIS
We're thankful for our awesome staff team members who are serving in ministry at Highlands! Staff Profiles is an opportunity for you to get to know each of them a bit better, and maybe even learn something about them you didn't know.
Tell us a bit about your background in a paragraph:
My wife and I came to HIghlands in the spring of 2019. Previously, I served in student ministries in Dayton, Ohio at Far Hills and Apex Community Church. I have my undergraduate in Communication Studies from Wright State University and my Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Tell us about your role on staff at Highlands:
I oversee the student ministries team, who minister to students from 7th grade all the way up to college-age. My greatest joy in ministry is seeing team members mobilized and empowered to do the work of ministry. Nothing is greater than seeing individuals with unique gifting be given a position and place on a team that helps students find and follow Jesus.
Share a verse or passage of scripture that has impacted your life:
Jeremiah 15:16, Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.
What is something you enjoy about living in the Seattle area?
Seattle is one of the most beautiful places in the entire US. My wife and I love hiking and paddle boarding at Lake Wilderness. We also love the variety of food available - Sushi Cafe, Naan-N-Curry, and Sisters and Brothers.
What is something you love to do outside of serving in ministry?
I have a garage gym in my home and greatly enjoy weight lifting or finding online deals to add to my gym. I also enjoy doing house projects or, more-so learning how to do them. When I'm winding down, I love to watch a great Netflix series with my wife, go on a long walk together with our dog, or paddle board alongside each other at our favorite lake.
Share a fun fact about yourself or something that most people don’t know about you:
I was born in Kent, Washington, and my parents attended and were baptized at Highlands in the late 1980s. We moved to Dayton, Ohio when I was young, but I attended Highlands as a toddler. (Fun fact: I didn't know this until my mom shared it with me after I was hired.) So you could say that I have returned home after being away for over two decades!