The Rev. Joshua Daniel joins St. Columba’s staff this month as Associate Rector for Discipleship and Worship.
Joshua shares, "One sign that you're in for a rollercoaster landing in a new community: the welcome basket at your front door is mostly composed of rolls of toilet paper! Such was the first gift we received after arriving in DC. It may be many weeks before I get to meet you all in person, and though these are uncertain times, I am genuinely thrilled to serve this community in such a unique moment. This is a time where so many of the core values of our faith will be able to shine brightly: kindness, patience, imagination, and generosity, to name a few. And I greatly look forward to sharing in those gifts (at whatever distance!) with you all soon."
Joshua loves working in the Body of Christ, in all its strange and wonderful forms. He hopes to bring a sense of excitement about the possibilities of growing in faith, deepening in worship, and doing his small part to help make the kingdom of God a nearer reality in this corner of the world.
Born and raised in Bentonville, AR, Joshua studied philosophy and theology at Greenville College, Oxford University, and graduated with a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Arkansas. During his time at the University, he taught philosophy, worked for an academic journal, and served as the Episcopal Chaplain, transforming a small college ministry into a vibrant and diverse community. Prior to his arrival at St. Columba’s, in his first call to ordained ministry, he led a spirit-filled congregation as Priest-in-Charge of a parish in the Mississippi Delta.
Joshua, his wife Jenna, and their three children are thrilled to return to the DC area after graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2018. While at VTS, Joshua co-edited "Reasonable Radical?" (Pickwick 2018) with the Dean and President of the seminary, the Very Rev. Dr. Ian Markham.
Watch Ledlie's interview with Joshua and meet him in person.