Joshua Moffit has been hired for Kaleo's Pastoral Residency!
1. Where are you from?
College Springs, Iowa (population 225)
2. What brought you to California?
I moved to San Diego in 2007 in order to attend Westminster Seminary California and to live with my brother and sister-in-law, Jeremy and Olivia Moffit.
3. Are you married? Kids?
Erin and I just celebrated 10 years of marriage in June! We have three kids – Thaddaeus (6), Aletheia (3), and Asher (1).
4. When did you become a follower of Jesus? How did that happen (in a nutshell)?
I have known Jesus as my Lord and Savior since my earliest memories. I was fortunate to have grown up in a family where both parents loved Jesus and faithfully raised us in the church. I admired my childhood Pastor and when I was baptized at age seven he encouraged me that one day I would become a Pastor too.
I rebelled in many ways during my high school years, but by God’s grace he continued to pursue me and brought me to repentance. College became a time of reinvigorated love for Jesus and spiritual growth. I came to know the Father and Holy Spirit in a depth I had not previously understood. The Holy Spirit also opened my eyes to see more of the beauty of God’s sovereignty and the need for his grace in my life.
5. What do you do for work outside of Kaleo?
I am a partial owner and manager of Mission Brew Coffee. We just celebrated 5 years of business in June! It has always been our mission to serve others and be a blessing to our employees, customers, and surrounding community. God has used Mission Brew Coffee to challenge me in many ways, humble me in others, and to sanctify me in my dependence on him for all of life.
6. What is all involved in your pastoral residency at Kaleo?
I approach the pastoral residency as an opportunity to learn and to serve the leadership and people of Kaleo. I have much to learn from both Tim and Wes and desire to serve them with various needs that arise within the church. I will be taking on several of Wes’ administrative duties in order to free him up for more teaching and pastoral opportunities. I will also assist both with pastoral duties and will co-lead a Missional Community with Josh Eng. I hope to add a fresh and unique perspective to help serve the people of Kaleo and to remind us all of the hope we have in the gospel.
7. What is your favorite thing about Kaleo?
I love the centrality of the gospel in every aspect of church life. Kaleo truly seeks to treasure Christ above all earthly treasures.
I love the people of Kaleo. Coming from Red Door Church where family was a core value, I felt that our merge with Kaleo was simply like being adopted into a new family. The people of Kaleo have always been so loving, accepting, and encouraging to us. Living in community can be messy, but it is so beautiful to see needy people united by the Holy Spirit and our need for Jesus.
I love Kaleo’s desire to see the gospel spread to El Cajon, San Diego, and the ends of the globe and into every aspect of life.
8. What do you do for fun?
I love to read and recently have enjoyed some amazing biographies on Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. I also love to read books to our kids – we have enjoyed many books as a family but the Chronicles of Narnia series probably surpasses them all. There is also nothing quite like sitting down early in the morning with a hot cup of Mission Brew Coffee and opening the Bible or reading a good book on theology or church history.
I enjoy dance parties with my kids blaring The Greatest Showman soundtrack in our 2 bedroom apartment.
I love a good road trip and camping and in general just being outside in nature (North Dakota is the only state I have yet to visit).
I enjoy San Diego – we love Balboa Park, the Zoo, the beach, Mission Trails, Lake Murray, the Moffit cousins’ house, etc. We live in such an awesome city so much of what we do for fun is just hanging out in the city.
9. What are you currently reading?
Bible – Romans & The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms
Leisure - The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965.
Family – The Hobbit & Indescribable: 100 Devotions about God & Science
10. What is one thing people might not know about you that is worth knowing?
I was part of Kaleo College Area since 2007 when I first moved out to San Diego. We were Kaleo College Area before becoming known as Red Door Church and Tim Cain even preached at our site many times before planting Kaleo Church El Cajon. So, in many ways, coming on staff with Kaleo seems like God has brought me full circle in my church family journey in San Diego. It has not all been the story I would have written, but God had an even better story to write. I have loved seeing his hand in it all.