1) What brought you to be a part of Joshua House? 20 years ago God put a burden and a vision inside of me to reach out to the youth in the community of Tyrone.  I saw young person after young person who had no direction or purpose for their lives so God broke my heart and gave me a burden to reach these teens with the love and power of God.  I want to see them break cycles that have meant to hold them back and rise upon circumstances to be a difference maker!

2) If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve...and why? HoopsFest Day!  Actually, I recall one of the young guys that has played in HF most of his life told his older brother once that HF was his second favorite day of the year, just after Christmas.  I love that and therefore I adopt that as my holiday.

3) The best piece of advice I was given as a teen… Be an example to those younger than you that look up to you. I learned that my life and my actions had little eyes watching me and looking up to me.  

4) What is the most inspiring part of your job? I love to see young people connect with God and see that He has a purpose for them.  I love to see their hearts light up with passion for what He has created them to be and do.  I love to see families healed and blessed.

5) If you were a pasta what shape would you be and why? dumb question!  not really, just wanted to say that.  shape of a heart because its easy make and if God is love, then so can I be.


1) What brought you to be a part of Joshua House? -  The short answer, God.  When I was a young lad I had trouble finding my identity, being courageous and having a strong male figure for guidance.  I had much to figure out on my own and in some ways I managed but it was very much a struggle. I have always had a heart for kids/youth and as an adult I am able to share with them my testimony of feeling lost but knowing I am and they are found.   The Joshua House provides me with that opportunity. To guide and lead and be a mentor to those that remind me so much of myself at that age has been such a blessing. I was previously working for a multi-billion dollar company before God cleared a path for my calling.

2) If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve...and why? -  If I could event a holiday it would definitely involve playing hockey.  Why would I involve hockey? BECAUSE IT'S AWESOME! I am a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan but will watch any NHL game that is on.  I also am an Assistant Coach for the Altoona Trackers Squirt team of which my nephew plays on. There is something about cold ice and smelly hockey gear that draws to my heart strings.

3) The best piece of advice I was given as a teen…-  The best advice I was given as a teen was not necessarily given to me by words but by action.  I grew up being very close with my grandmother and while growing up I was fortunate enough to witness her endless love for people.  She was the type of person who would give her last dollar to someone who needed it more. I would not be the man I am today if it were not for her.  

4) What is the most inspiring part of your job? -  Hearing and seeing these kids grow, not just mature but grow in faith is very much a driver for me.

5) If you were a pasta what shape would you be and why?-  Cochiglie.  They are mini shells and, I don’t know about you butttt, it always feels like they collect more sauce/cheese then the rest.  And, man oh man do I love sauce!

1) What brought you to be a part of Joshua House? The team felt like family and everyone loved hanging out together.  They shared a common mission and were so passionate. I wanted to be a part of the movement. So, in 2005, Mizpah and I decided to move to Tyrone to work alongside of the team.

2) If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve...and why? Arrows.  I love shooting archery and am an avid bowhunter. You'll have to ask me what Arrow Day would be like.  ok..one hint...it would involved Braveheart blue war paint.

3) The best piece of advice I was given as a teen... It wasn't the pieces of advice that I got that I remember today, it was a declaration my Mom said over me.  She told me she felt I was going to be good with handling money. When someone calls out destiny in you like that, you can't shake it. What she said sticks with me today.  I don't know if she knew then how that impacted me but it gave me a ton of confidence. Thanks Mom! Lesson... Parents, don't ever be timid to declare great things over your kids.

4) What is the most inspiring part of your job? I'm a volunteer at JH and on the board.  The most rewarding times are when I see a teenager encounter God's presence for the first time.  It's so precious. When someone realizes God's really real, that He loves them and that He has a purpose for them...there's nothing greater than being in that moment and seeing it happen.  I'm always brought to tears. Happy tears.

5) if you were a pasta what shape would you be and why?  Ravioli. There's just so much goodness to be discovered inside!


 

1) What brought you to be a part of Joshua House?
God has blessed me with a heart and passion for helping others. He has
also given me the ability to build genuine relationships and influence
those people to want to help others as well. I've discovered fundraising
for non-profits is a career choice that lets me live out the purpose God
created me for. It was God's perfect timing that I was in the process of
changing career paths when Joshua House was searching for someone to strengthen donor relations.

2) If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve...and why?
Complete choice to do whatever I wanted to for an entire day - sleep in,
read a book, cook something new, talk with a friend, take an afternoon
nap, play with our kids, take a walk...whatever I wanted to do without any
barriers or influence from others.

3) The best piece of advice I was given as a teen...
As a teenager, I was often told, "I wish I knew what I knew now, when I
was your age". As a young adult, I completely understand what they meant, but I also know I still have a lot to learn. I believe it's best to have
the mindset that you are never done learning or gaining new experiences in life. Even during a challenging time, there is something to take with you to apply in the future.

4) What is the most inspiring part of your job?
As a fundraiser, I do not typically interact with the youth at Joshua
House; however, I know the money I'm raising to support Joshua House's
programs is making a significant impact. Hearing the stories of lives
being changed inspires me to continue to push myself to do the very best I
can.


5) If you were a pasta what shape would you be and why?
Rigatoni - Like the straightness of rigatoni, I'm able to lead efficiently
and provide structure. I'm also able to have fun and be uniquely creative
like the swirls of a rigatoni's pattern.

1) What brought you to be a part of Joshua House? I fell in love with Theron Glenny, so I wanted to do whatever he was doing!  In all seriousness, I was also really drawn to being part of a community that had a mission, something they were all passionate about and working together on.  The more time I spent with the crew at Joshua House, the more I wanted to be all in, making a difference in the lives of young people.

2) If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve...and why? Can I copy my husband?  Arrows. I mean, really.  We love arrows, the message of Psalm 127:4, "Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth."  We celebrate moms and dads every year, I think it would be awesome to celebrate youth as arrows to spread the message that we get to shoot our arrows (our children) out to their targets, to their purpose and calling.  It's really been a life theme for us, so I think a new holiday would have to involve arrows.

3) The best piece of advice I was given as a teen... Decisions determine your destiny.  I remember very clearly when my youth pastor gave this message about the importance of our decisions even as teenagers and how those decisions can impact the rest of our lives.  I believe this advice/message really helped me hold tight to certain standards and make decisions that honored God throughout my life.

4) What is the most inspiring part of your job?  Seeing young people encounter God in real ways, and watching their lives change as they choose to go deeper in Him.

5) If you were a pasta what shape would you be and why?  Tortellini -- ring shaped (kind of) -- circular, no end, kind of symbolizing commitment/covenant -- with really good stuff inside...and goes well with a variety of sauces/soups, etc, especially pesto, which I love :)

1) What brought you to be a part of Joshua House? My husband Preston and I were married August 11th, 2018 and not only 3 days later did we pack up our lives and move from Houston, Texas to Tyrone, Pennsylvania. What a honeymoon, right? Let me back up, in February of 2018 Preston came to the altoona area for his grandfathers funeral and came home with a calling of God that he could not shake. He would tell me daily that we were supposed to move to the Altoona area to be a part of what God was doing with the youth. So we planned a trip to come and visit in May. That trip solidified that we were supposed to be a part of this community and reach teens as they seek out their purpose.

2) If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve...and why?

3) The best piece of advice I was given as a teen…was to always stay true to who I was. This rings so true to my life time after time.

4) What is the most inspiring part of your job?

5) If you were a pasta what shape would you be and why? Angel hair pasta! I know, that is so simple and may seem boring. BUT, think about it, it’s simple yet when paired with almost anything it is DELICIOUS! Wether is be Italian food, Sea food, American food, angel hair is the way to go. Plot me in a mix of people and lets go!