Josh is from the small town of Etowah, TN, where he grew up with two awesome parents and a pretty cool older brother. Josh joined Tyner UMC as the Director of Student Ministries in August 2017 after he graduated from Lee University with a degree in Youth Ministry. When not working at the church or schooling teenagers in a game of pick-up basketball, you’ll probably find Josh somewhere with his dog Fitz (who is super cute). As a senior in high school, Josh felt God calling him into ministry. As a result, Josh believes being loved by God and loving God is the greatest thing we can do in life, and being a part of the Church is a glimpse into the life of love and communion God desires for each one of us.


     Josh’s Favorite Stuff:

Movie: Harry Potter (I can’t choose just one)

TV show: Lost

Books: Harry Potter, A Severe Mercy, The Wheel of Time, like 30 other books too

Color: Usually blue

Animal: Fitz

Sport: Bo-taoshi

Unit of Measurement: Cubit

Food: Oh man, probably pizza. Too many good foods out there.

Soda: Mt. Dew

Book of the Bible: John (honorable mentions: Genesis, Psalms, Romans)

Number: 7.1

Athlete: Andrea Pirlo


     Josh’s Least Favorite Stuff:

Food: Asparagus, Broccoli, Cauliflower, etc.

Number: 7.01


     Josh’s Favorite Quote:

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God, but only he who sees takes off his shoes…”  —Elizabeth Barrett Browning


     Connect with Josh:

FB: Josh Derrick

Instagram: @joshinthewoods