Joseph was raised in a secular home in the Los Angeles area. On Christmas Day in 2003, at the age of 26, Joseph heard and responded to the gospel through the witness of a homeless man at a shelter in Pasadena, California.
In 2006, Joseph visited Israel on his mid-tour leave from deployment in Iraq where he was serving as a naval officer. While in Israel, the Lord began revealing to Joseph the Jewish roots of his faith and God’s heart and prophetic plan to restore the Jewish people through the witness of Gentile Christians (Romans 11:11). In 2008, Joseph followed this leading and resigned his commission in order to prepare for full-time ministry among the Jewish people. He enrolled at Talbot School of Theology and graduated in 2012 with his Master’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies.
Joseph came on staff with Chosen People Ministries and moved to New York in 2013, where he was mentored by Dr. Mitch Glaser, President of the Ministry. Joseph and his wife Sarah helped to plant Beth Sar Shalom in the Fall of 2014 (a Messianic congregation with an evangelistic focus toward their neighbors in the heart of Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn), where Joseph serves on the pastoral team.
Joseph’s wife Sarah, a Jewish believer from San Diego, immigrated to Israel where she became fluent in Hebrew and taught English for eight years. She serves alongside her husband and leads worship at the Brooklyn congregation.
Joseph and Sarah’s desire is to see Jewish people find and embrace their Messiah, and for Christians to understand and appreciate the Jewish roots of their faith and God’s unfailing love for Israel.