Josh was born in Winchester, IL and raised in Central Illinois. Josh attended Glenwood High school in Chatham, IL and went on to undergraduate work at Liberty University and graduate studies at Dubuque University. He served in the United State Army as a Sergeant E-5. Among other duties, Josh’s military job was in the intelligence field. Josh served in the Army from November 21, 2008 until January 31, 2014.
Over the years, Josh was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. In Iraq, he was with the 10thMountain Division, NY and was with the 25thInfantry Division, Hawaii while in Afghanistan. Josh suffered an IED explosion with extensive injuries from multiple blasts. Not all injuries are visible, and Josh also suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Back in the states, Josh enjoys spending time with his kids, fishing, hunting, movies and music. He is currently in school, attending the Dubuque Seminary and works as a Youth Pastor the First Presbyterian Church in Centerville, Iowa. In May 2018, Josh received his “battle buddy” NICOLE. Josh is eager to have a service dog to assist with his disabilities and looks forward to the bond they will share.
Josh and his wife live in Centerville, Iowa with their four children, ranging in age from 18 months to 9 years.