If you have not seen me or met me yet, my name is Josh Day, and I am the new Youth Director at Live Oak Church. Ariel and I are incredibly excited to be here at Live Oak and cannot wait to get to know everyone!
I'd like to take a moment, share about myself to help you get to know me better.
I have felt a call to youth ministry since around the 7th grade. I followed that calling by attending Abilene Christian University, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Ministry with an emphasis in Youth and Family Ministry. During my four years at ACU, I interned for a youth director each summer. I interned at three different churches to gain as much knowledge of varying church cultures as possible. While at ACU, I met my wife Ariel, who received a Bachelor of Science in Biology as well as minors in Chemistry, Nutrition, and Bible, Missions, and Ministry.
After graduating from ACU, we moved to south Houston where I served as the director of student ministries at a church. Ariel and I, as well as some amazing volunteers, were able to take a youth ministry and help it to grow through camps, student ministry teams, youth worship teams, etc.
We moved back to Abilene, so Ariel could go to Hardin Simmons University’s School of Physical Therapy. She graduated this past December with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
While we were in Abilene, I worked at Starbucks, McMurry University as their Assistant Chaplain, and St. Paul UMC as their Youth Director. I felt as though I was being called to join CYMT and further my studies to earn my Master of Arts in Youth Ministry.
The past year we have been in Liberty Hill serving a church, and now we are coming to Live Oak!! I am so excited to take over a youth ministry that has been well cared for by Katie. The launching point she left is fantastic, and I cannot wait to grow with Live Oak youth and families.
I cannot wait to get to know you better! If you ever want to grab a cup of coffee, Dr. Pepper, tea, or water, just let me know when and where!