QUINCY -- The Rev. Joshua M. Hall has learned to appreciate -- and deal with -- the wide range of experiences he encounters on a regular basis.
"Like everything in life, pastoring has its ups and downs," said Hall, 32, who was recently named pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church, 1027 S. 24th. "I love working with people. I love teaching, preaching, listening, counseling and having fun with people of all ages and backgrounds.
"But pastoring also involves funerals, grieving with the hurting and helping people in conflict. I see pastoring as my calling from God, and when times get tough, I find that he is enough. I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve the Lord as a pastor."
Hall will take over pastoral duties at Faith Presbyterian on May 1. He was ordained as a pastor in 2008 and has served on staff at churches for about nine years.
Hall is finishing his duties as interim pastor at Sparta Reformed Presbyterian Church in Sparta, Ill., a post he has held since June 2018. Before that, he was an assistant pastor at Marissa, Ill., Presbyterian Church, a pastoral intern at Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church in Ballwin, Mo., and a student pastor at New England Baptist Church in New England, Ga.
Hall knew early in life he wanted to become a pastor.
"When my aunt and uncle returned from Pakistan as missionaries in about 1993, they told stories of sharing the Gospel with the Pakistani people," Hall said. "No one they talked with during their three years overseas believed in Jesus. That broke my heart, so as a young boy, I committed my life to preach the Gospel wherever God would send me."
Hall, who was born in Las Vegas, has lived in 14 states.
"We have lived in small-town Southern Illinois for the last three years," Hall said. "We are looking forward to moving to Quincy, where the population is greater than 4,000!"
Hall and his wife, Amy, have two young daughters, Naomi and Esther.
"We were willing to go wherever God would send us," Hall said. "My wife, Amy, grew up on the mission field in western Africa. We both understand what it means to be available for the Lord to send us wherever he will.
"We have learned that the most important factor in choosing where to live is the people. We have (already) felt loved, accepted and supported by the people of Faith Presbyterian Church. We look forward to getting to know not only the members of the congregation, but also the people of Quincy."