Joshua grew up in the Ozarks and began speaking at church at 15. He studied creative writing and religious studies in college and served as a youth pastor for two years in Cape Girardeau before working in rural Alabama with the CBF-affiliated Student.go.
Through the grassroots organization Sowing Seeds of Hope, he developed a passion for communities afflicted with poverty, addiction, and violence. create has helped Joshua develop his ministry and incorporate it into the community. “Jesus commanded us to love God with our hearts, souls, and minds,” he says, “and the create program is an opportunity to love God with my mind.”
Students, faculty, and administrators work together on task groups that devise and carry out seminary procedures. Student representatives attend board meetings and some faculty meetings. Campus activities provide opportunities to share experiences and concerns, offer support, and enhance the community life.
Central Student Ministries (CSM), the association of students at Central Seminary, plays an important role in the life of the Seminary. CSM fills its various leadership positions from among the student body and seeks to empower students for service within the immediate and external seminary communities. CSM offers students the chance to dialogue and maintain lines of communication within the seminary community during regularly scheduled meetings, dinners, and support groups. Community meals provide an opportunity for the seminary community to come together around the table. Different groups, such as Women in Ministry and Minority Student Fellowship, provide support and ministry opportunities for members of the seminary community.
Chapels and other times of worship and prayer are scheduled regularly during the academic year. These gatherings provide the seminary community a forum for expressing itself in a variety of worship styles that reflect the rich ecumenical diversity of the student body, faculty, and staff.
Various events, including picnics and holiday parties, sponsored by CSM and the Community Life Task Group enhance community fellowship for the Central Seminary community.