Josh Howeth

Lead Pastor / Elder

Josh and Elizabeth met at California Baptist University in the fall of 2002, and were married in Troutdale in August of 2006. Josh is a Montana native, and Elizabeth is a native to Gresham. They have four kids.

Josh graduated from Cal Baptist with a degree in Applied Theology. Josh credits his foundation in life and ministry to his friends, mentors and the faculty at CBU. After tying the knot in 2006, Josh and Elizabeth set off for San Francisco so that Josh could attend Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, now named Gateway Seminary. Josh served as an associate pastor at New Life Christian Fellowship in Pacifica for the entirety of his seminary season, primarily leading in the areas of worship and youth. With a desire to be back in the Pacific Northwest after graduation, Josh received an Associate Pastor position at Grant Avenue Baptist Church in Corvallis. They served there for two years before being called to plant a church with the aim of reaching Oregon State students. In the fall of 2012, they started The Branch Church and joyfully served there since until August 2019, at which point they moved back to Gresham so Josh could assume the Lead Pastor role at Gresham Bible Church in October 2019.

Josh’s passions include raising up future leaders, preaching and teaching, mobilizing people to go to the nations with the gospel, and seeing people come alive in their new identity in Christ.