Josh was introduced to Fathers in the Field in 2015. After listening to a podcast message from a Colorado based church that implemented the Mentoring ministry and witnessing the impact, he called to learn more about Fathers in the Field. Within 2 hours, he received a call from Founder John Smithbaker. Josh knew immediately Fathers in the Field would impact his life and countless others. He believes Fathers in the Field can help men step into the lives of fatherless boys. Josh believes this ministry breathes hope, mentorship and spiritual leadership into the lives of fatherless boys.
The oldest of three boys, Josh grew up in a broken home with his mom, step-father and two brothers. Although he saw his father two weekends per month and lived with his step-father, he didn’t have the spiritual leader, pivotal role model and father figure mentoring and guiding him from boyhood to manhood.
After high school graduation, Josh enlisted in the United States Air Force. Upon completing his first term, he transferred into the Arizona Air National Guard and concluded a 10 year career as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. During his military service, Josh sought out mentors and learned from good male role models. To this day, Josh remains in contact with the men who poured into him.
In 2009, Josh recognized a void in his life, which couldn’t be filled with material items or money. At that point, he put his trust and faith in Jesus Christ and changed the course of his life. Josh accepted responsibility as spiritual leader, role model and engaged father of his three children. He also saw the importance of forgiveness and forgave his father for leaving.
Josh’s goal is to impact fatherless boys through his story, experiences and sharing God’s unconditional love. He wants them to know there is hope, and though their earthly father maybe absent, their Heavenly Father is present and loves them unconditionally.
Josh’s question for the body of Believers about stepping up in the lives of the fatherless.… “if not us, than who?”
- Married to his high school sweetheart Maren Ettesvold
- Three children – Jacob, Erik and Maija
- Entrepreneur and business owner
- Favorite Scripture – Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”