Meet Josh Watt

About me

I became a follower of Jesus at a FCA baseball camp as a high school senior. On July 4, 2000, God graciously showed me that my attempt to find joy in this life apart from Him was silly and ultimately sinful. From that day, I began the lifelong process of following Jesus. It is interesting though how God often must take things away from us for us to know Him deeper.

After college, I moved away for graduate school in Texas. I moved away from home, family, friends, and everything comfortable. I had nothing left to distract me…. so, for the first time I opened the Bible and read it cover to cover. For the first time in my young faith, Jesus was bigger than just my personal savior. He was the center of my story, the center of the Bible, the center of human history, and He was the center and source of all joy. I have never recovered from this truth.

about my family

I met Aubrey on August 1, 2006. A friend of mine invited me to visit 7ten while I was home for the summer. She was singing in the band. I asked my buddy to introduce me, and the rest is history. We married eleven months later and packed our bags to start our first chapter together in Texas. She is my best friend and an amazing wife. She truly makes coming home sweet.

We have four boys together: Elijah (9), Roman (7), Jude, (6) and Ozzie (2). The boys love to wrestle, yell, fight, jump, bounce, run, bike, climb, throw, hit, play, dance, scream… you get the point. As a family, our favorite thing to do together is eat and when we are not eating we are usually thinking about what we want to eat next.

about my ministry

I didn’t plan on being a church planter or a pastor. I liked being a math teacher (which I did for 7 years). I liked teaching math, but it let me do what I love: connecting with students. I was in a great spot.

Then one day in a Sunday school class at our church in Texas, one of mentors of the class, Julia asked me, “Have you ever thought about teaching the Bible? I think you should…”

That was it. I loved teaching and I loved my students, but something stirred inside of me from that conversation. Shortly thereafter Aubrey and I and our firstborn moved back to AZ to be a part of a new church plant called Second Mile (now Redemption Gateway).

I got a job teaching math here at Tempe High School while I volunteered and developed as a leader and as an aspiring pastor at Redemption Gateway. I came on staff full time three years after moving back to AZ.

I have loved my job at Gateway for the last 7 years. I get to do everything I’ve ever wanted: teach the Bible, cultivate a Gospel-saturated culture, and connect with and empower Christians to follow Jesus in their everyday lives.

Recently through a series of conversations, prayer, fasting, and a few crazy ‘coincidences’, I have heard God ask me almost the same question, Julia asked me.

“Have you ever thought about planting a church? I think you should..”

So that’s what we are doing.

We love Jesus.
We love the local church.
We love Redemption church.
We love a good adventure.

We can’t wait to see what God does through this new Redemption congregation.