MINISTER OF MUSIC AND WORSHIP ARTS
A native of Monroe, North Carolina, Joshua Starnes joined the St. John Lutheran Church staff as Minister of Music & Worship Arts in April of 2015. Prior to coming to St. John, Josh served dynamic congregations in North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Kansas. He earned both his Bachelor of Worship & Music Studies and Master of Divinity degrees from Liberty University, and has done additional post-graduate work in church music at Shenandoah Conservatory, The Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.
Raised in the Baptist tradition, Josh’s personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ began at the age of 10. Since coming to faith, Josh seeks to daily grow as a disciple of Christ, taking up his cross, and surrendering his life and will to the glory of God.
Josh has always sensed God’s leading on his life to use his gifts in service to God and ministry to Christ’s Church. He believes that all functions of the Church should exist solely to bring glory to God and, therefore, all activities and ministries should have a strategic focus that center on this goal. Josh is ecstatic and humbled to partner in ministry with the St. John family, as dedicated servants of Christ’s kingdom, sharing this same conviction and mission.
As a musician, Josh has served as a conductor and accompanist for several ensembles. He is also an active member of several organizations, including the Roanoke Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Mill Mountain Ringers, a community handbell ensemble in the Roanoke Valley. In his spare time, Josh enjoys cooking (and eating!), all things music (from Bach to the Beatles), traveling abroad, and reading anything involving Church history, Reformed theology, and/or Convergent and Ancient-Future Liturgical Worship. Some of his favorite theologians and authors include: Augustine, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, C. S. Lewis, John Piper, Charles Spurgeon, and A. W. Tozer.
While he loves the entirety of Scripture, Josh has found these two verses to be especially meaningful in his own life of ministry and walk with God:
“Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name.
I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And will glorify Your name forever.”
–Psalm 86.11-12 (NASB)
“For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake."
–2 Corinthians 4.5 (ESV)