Ministry Location: University of British Columbia - Okanagan, Kelowna, BC
Ministry Focus: Campus Ministry
Josiah or Josh as his friends call him, has been working as a campus minister for University Christian Ministries (UCM) at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus (UBCO) since 2020. Prior to that, he was an international undergraduate student at that same university. During his time as a student at UBCO, Josh was heavily involved with UCM, and it was through this campus ministry that his faith and relationship with God grew exponentially. Though he grew up in an evangelical Christian culture, Josh recognizes that it was through the vehicle of campus ministry that he experienced intentional discipleship independent of the influence of family and culture. Because of that, Josh has become passionate about investing into the lives of university students on his campus to bring them closer to Jesus, no matter where they are from and no matter where they are at in their faith journey.
In his ministry, Josh continues to provide care for the male students and the international students that come to UCM, while also training them to become faithful leaders within their campus ministry as they progress through their degrees.
UCM is an on-campus Christian community at UBCO where students can encounter Jesus right where they are! They value whole-life worship, students leading students, and hospitable community. UCM meets for weekly on-campus worship every Thursday night. Throughout the week, student leaders host on-campus Bible study groups, prayer meetings, and social events. There is a commitment to reaching out to and serving this campus community through the Red Frogs program. Red Frogs is all about being a positive peer presence on campus by providing a harm-reduction program with hydration stations at parties and events where students are vulnerable to the drug and alcohol culture prevalent on many campuses. Alternative events are promoted where students can get involved in a faith-based community on campus that focuses on healthy and holistic living.