Josh Helton, 27, was born and raised in Holly Pond, Alabama, a small town in Cull-man County. He grew up attending church under the leadership of his father, a bi-vocational Baptist pastor. At the young age of five, he believed he had accepted Christ and sought to live a “Christian life.” But as a senior in high school, he realized he did not have a personal relationship with Christ. He accepted Christ at the age of 17.
After graduating from high school in 2004, Josh went on to pursue a degree in engi-neering. He earned his associate’s degree in computer engineering in May 2006. In April 2007, while a student at the University of South Alabama (USA), Josh surren-dered to the call of youth ministry. After much prayer and counsel from his parents, Josh decided to change courses and pursue a teaching career.
He met his wife Aly while at USA, and they married in December of 2009. Aly, a graduate of Tate High School in Pensacola, completed her degree in occupational therapy. Josh completed his B.S. degree in May 2011, majoring in math and minoring in religion at Athens State University. The couple was blessed with a son, Matthew, in February 2012. Aly is an occupational therapist, and Josh is a high school math teacher at American Christian Academy in Northport, Alabama.
Josh has served in several ministerial capacities since he was first called into the min¬istry. From March 2007 to June 2008, while attending USA, he served as student minister at Celeste Road Baptist Church in Saraland, Alabama. When he moved back closer to home, he served as student minister at Vinemont First Baptist Church from November 2008 to February 2010. Then he served as associate/student pastor at Edgewood Missionary Baptist Church in Hanceville, Alabama, from August 2010 to August 2011. Since Aly and Josh moved to Northport, a town located near Tusca-loosa, he has served as a Sunday School teacher and a member of the praise band at Lakewood Baptist Church—while also teaching high school students and adjusting to becoming a new father.
Josh has a heart for young people, and he has been seeking God’s will for his life, knowing God has called him to youth ministry. He says, “I have a passion for leading and mentoring students and hopefully helping shape them into strong Christians be-fore they leave home and go to college.” He takes that role seriously and says, “I do not take lightly the commitment that is needed to serve at a church … I always think of the church and its image with my behavior in the world.”
Both Josh and Aly want to be very involved in the life of the youth. He says he be-lieves it’s important to support the youth, attending sporting events and other activi-ties in which they are involved. As a teacher and a youth minister, he has made that a priority.
Josh has filled the pulpit as associate pastor at previous churches. He and Aly also have a heart for missions and have participated in several mission trips. In August, Josh will be joining a group from his church as they travel to India to share Christ’s love. He is open to furthering his education and is quick to admit he has “great room for growth” and is “not an expert.” He looks forward to learning under the leadership of a senior pastor. He says, “I can’t say I am more qualified than anyone else, but I can say that I feel that God is still calling me to serve, and I always strive to serve him 100%.”