Having been reared in Christian homes, Josh and Katie were both saved at the age of four. They surrendered their lives to Christ for use in His service while still at a young age. While at Camp BIMI during high school, God confirmed the direction of missions for Josh using II Corinthians 4:5-7. God directed both Josh and Katie to attend Ambassador Baptist College where Josh graduated with a degree in Missions and Katie with a degree in Elementary Education. They met while at Ambassador and were married in May, 2018. God blessed them with their first daughter, Allison, in September, 2019, and their second daughter, Madelyn, in May 2021.
Josh completed a two-month internship in the Ivory Coast with BIMI Missionary Bob Mach in the summer of 2017. During this internship, God burdened and directed Josh towards church planting in the unreached villages of the Ivory Coast, beginning around the town of Bingerville. Josh and Katie took a survey trip together to this area in March, 2019 where God confirmed that He was directing them to this permanent work.
Josh served on staff at their sending church, Crossroads Baptist Church in Columbus, NC from May, 2019 through August, 2020. During this 16-month period, Josh and Katie both had the opportunity to learn practical local-church ministry and gain valuable experience under their sending pastor, Nathan Deatrick.