Josh Watt has been the Pastor of Redemption Students at Gateway for a number of years. Here’s a chance to get to know him a little more.
Where are you from?
I was born in Tucson, AZ and raised in Peoria, AZ. I lived in the West Valley for the first 21 years of my life. I spent the next 5 years in Fort Worth, TX finishing school and starting my teaching career before moving back to Chandler to be a part of Second Mile Church.
Tell us about your family.
I married Aubrey in July of 2007. I met her in while she was helping Matthew Braselton lead worship at the college ministry for East Valley Bible. We spent the first 3 years of our marriage in Texas while I was teaching high school. We moved back home after we had our first son and had 2 more boys. Elijah is in 1st grade. Roman is 4. Jude is 2. They are a lot of fun. They love wrestling, being outdoors, and making noise.
What do you like to do for fun?
I like to do yard work. I love plants, especially trees. I have planted about 12 new trees in the last 2 years. I love camping and hunting. I have an archery elk hunt coming up in November. I love being in new places with my wife where we can walk and enjoy new coffee shops and restaurants.
What is your favorite part of your work at the church?
I love to have a big picture view of how God is working in the lives of families in our church. I get to be involved with families as they raise their kids up and send them out into the real world. It’s great helping parents navigate the teen years and watching teens begin to take their faith seriously. I also love teaching the Bible in such a way that it becomes accessible to people that may have otherwise been intimidated or overwhelmed by it.
What are the best books you read last year?
– Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk, and True Flourishing by Andy Crouch
– Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by Gen. Stanley McChrystal
– Gaining By Losing: Why the Future Belongs to the Churches that Send by J.D. Greear
– Strength to Love by Martin Luther King Jr.
– The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity by Barnabas Piper
What excites you about the future of Gateway?
I’m excited about continuing to cultivate a healthy, Gospel-shaped culture in the Southeast Valley for years to come. I love the foundation we have laid, but I’m excited to see God bring us deeper into an understanding of His Gospel and the implications for our lives. I want to see a very diverse crowd of people from all sorts of backgrounds enjoying a place that is saturated by His grace.