Our new Teaching Pastor, Josh Crum, will join our team in January, 2017. Here’s your chance to get to know him a little better with some questions I asked him.
1. Favorites: food, movie, and place?
Food: I’m an equal opportunity cheese fan, but there’s a special place in my heart for goat cheese. I love pretty much anything that qualifies as a dessert.
Movies: I’m just a fan of movies in general. I’ll watch anything once. Inception, Lars and the Real Girl, Sneakers, Stranger Than Fiction, and Shawshank Redemption are definitely amongst my favorites of all time.
Place: London and Istanbul are my favorite cities in the world. I love their culture and the history.
2. What do you do for fun?
If I could do anything I want, I would travel with my wife to a part of the world I haven’t been to yet. I also really enjoy movies, sports, hunting out street art, and running errands with my kids.
3. If your wife, Bethany, were to describe you, what would she say?
I asked her and she said: Josh is an awesome encourager, a shoe-addict, he knows way too many stats about any and all sports, the best person to use your phone-a-friend on, he loves music that no one has heard of, he handles conflict like a boss (which is helpful for this people-pleaser), he’s a recovering perfectionist, absurdly handsome, and he cares about helping people understand more about who Jesus is and how much He loves them.
4. Tell me about your tattoos.
I’ve got three. The first one I got is my favorite Bible verse, James 1:22, in Greek, which says, “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” That verse challenges me to live out my faith, to show over and over again who I am in Jesus.
My second tattoo is an early church symbol called a Chi Rho. It’s the first two letters of Christ in Greek superimposed on each other to form a sort of cross that represents Jesus and His sacrifice. It’s surrounded by a wreath, which represents the resurrection.
My third is larger. I got a “half-sleeve” to celebrate my ordination (don’t most pastors do that?). I love the Japanese style so it shows a sun shining down on waves crashing over a rock with flowers floating through the scene. I wanted those elements because of what they mean for me as a follower of Jesus. The sun because Jesus is the light of the world. The waves because Jesus is the living water. The rock because Jesus is the cornerstone. And the flowers because Jesus brings new life.
5. Why the beard?
Because my face gets cold? I grew it out for my brother’s wedding in January. He had quite a beard at the time. I kept growing it out because I like trying different stuff. Plus my wife likes it.
6. Why The Ridge?
Simple answer? Because God led us here. We’ve been searching, wrestling, and praying through what’s next for a while now. We feel like God has led us to The Ridge. It doesn’t hurt that we really liked the people we met a lot. And the vision of the church, to do whatever it takes to point people to Jesus, resonated with us. We want to join in that mission.
7. What’s a nice guy like you doing in a job like this?
I love being a pastor. It is such an honor and privilege to be invited to the highest and lowest moments in people’s lives, to walk alongside them, to celebrate and to mourn, and above all, to point people to the God who loves them more than they can imagine. Seeing God work in people’s lives and bring healing and wholeness is what keeps me going. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Pray for Josh and his family as they transition from Pennsylvania to Columbus. We look forward to welcoming them to The Ridge, and seeing how God will use them!
Whatever it takes,