Josh Howlett

Youth Pastor

Woodville Grace Brethren Church

I presently live in Mansfield, OH and am working as a Youth Pastor at Woodville Grace Brethren Church. My main responsibilities are the oversight of Junior and Senior High ministries. Throughout the typical week I spend my time studying, teaching, and planning events for students. I also enjoy going to the public schools to have lunch with the teens. God has used these times to build lasting relationships with the youth and their friends.

The Lord has opened up a field of ministry in the neighborhood surrounding my church where my wife and I live. One day three of the neighborhood boys came looking for me at the church. As I saw them approaching, I filled up a couple of water guns. The unsuspecting guys walked into the church and I unloaded on them. This escalated into a water fight that lasted two hours. After we were all completely soaked, I tried to call it a day and proceeded to close up the building. As I was locking the door, one of the guys asked me "can you tell us about Jesus?" By God's grace, those three guys came to know Jesus that day while they were soaking wet sitting on a sidewalk. Through times like these, God has allowed us to minister to many other families in our neighborhood.

I consider it a privilege and honor to serve as a pastor. I feel like the Biblical studies classes I took at LeTourneau have helped me throughout my ministry. Whether I am teaching on deep topics or sharing the simple message of the gospel, I often remember the example and teachings of my college professors. I am excited about growing in my faith and continuing to share that faith with others. Praise God for the good things He is doing!