The Church at Martinsburg is blessed to have Pastor Josh Tingler, pastor of student ministries from nearby Independent Bible Church, serving as our Interim Preacher for the next several months. Pastor Josh will be serving our congregation on Sunday mornings through solid, Biblical, expository preaching while continuing to serve his home church and students throughout the week. Pastor Josh is only serving our body in this temporary interim role and we are thankful for both his and IBC’s gift to us during this time.
Learn more about Pastor Josh by reading this information!
Josh Tingler, Interim Preacher, and his wife Joy
1. Briefly describe the story of your call to pastoral ministry. Also, share about your pastoral experience thus far?
The Lord employed a variety of people and circumstances to confirm his call for my life. I grew up with godly parents who always made sure our family was involved in the church, and I’ve been a believer in Jesus for as long as I can remember. A major growth point came for me at age 16, when my family moved to Martinsburg. My pastor in southern West Virginia had already told me that he expected me to preach in his pulpit someday. That challenged me to take seriously whether the Lord would call me into pastoral ministry. Then the move here brought me into regular contact with IBC’s youth pastor, Brad Heacock. Brad mentored me, encouraged me, and taught me a great deal about what it means to be a pastor. By the time I graduated high school, the Lord had made it clear that he desired me to pursue pastoral ministry.
I graduated from Baptist Bible College (PA) in 2010 and returned home to IBC to serve in a part-time role as ‘Middle School Coordinator’. This involved teaching 6th-8th graders twice weekly and pursuing other opportunities of evangelism and discipleship. Two years later IBC called me to become full-time ‘Pastor of Student Ministries’, a position I still hold. At that point, I transitioned to teaching and leading high schoolers and entered into further pastoral responsibilities, such as eldership, adult education, and preaching from time to time. (Sermons can be found here and searching ‘Josh Tingler’.)
2. What areas of ministry do you most enjoy?
The Lord has given me a love for teaching and preaching. It is a joy to spend time studying God’s Word and sharing his truth with his people. I also greatly enjoy times spent either one-on-one or in a small group, learning from Scripture, discussing life, and praying together. Seeing the message and application of God’s Word ‘click’ with someone – watching them grasp not only what it means but also how they should be living in light of it – has been one of the greatest pleasures of the ministry.
3. What has brought you to the Church at Martinsburg as an interim preacher? What are you most excited about as it relates to this opportunity?
I see my stint as interim preacher as another instance of the healthy partnership between our two churches. I have personally been encouraged by my friendships with Pastors Jacob, Richard, AJ, and Josh (as well as other C@M members/attendees), and I know IBC has been blessed by Pastor Jacob’s ministry in particular. It is an honor to serve the Lord by serving the Church at Martinsburg during your time of transition, and I hope my preaching will be blessed by the Lord to further his work here. I am most excited about sharing God’s Word with you and getting to know you better as we worship our Lord together on a regular basis.
4. What’s the most important thing you’d want to share with the people who make up the Church at Martinsburg?
It is difficult to express in a short answer all a preacher would like to share, so I’ll borrow some words from Paul: ‘Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, he was buried, he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and he appeared…’ By God’s grace, I plan to preach the cross. And in Christ, we will gaze at the greatness and goodness of God.
5. How do you pastor your family?
Joy is a great blessing to me as I seek to lead our family of two. She is spiritually attuned to the Lord and regularly gives her time to prayer and Scripture. Flowing from this, we pray together, read the Word together, and worship together with God’s people. Through the difficulties of life and ministry, we help each other think clearly about various situations. I try to encourage Joy during tough times, rejoice with her in good times, and spur her on in all her ministries.
6. Outside of the Bible, what are some of the most helpful books you have read?
A Quest for Godliness by J.I. Packer
The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson
The Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett (ed.)
Confessions by Augustine
Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves
Luther on the Christian Life by Carl R. Trueman
7. What are your hobbies? How do you spend your spare time?
Joy and I love to hike and camp together and to spend time running and riding on the C&O Canal Towpath. We also enjoy traveling, especially to the mountains or to old coastal towns. More locally, our favorite date is a National Symphony Orchestra concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington. As for my personal hobbies, coffee and baseball are among my favorite things. I am currently in my 21st season of cheering for the Chicago Cubs, a hobby which has become significantly more enjoyable over the past few years! If I am not with family, church family, or pursuing one of these activities, it’s a safe guess that I’m sitting somewhere with a book.
8. What are some examples of God's grace that you have seen in your life?
Where do I begin? I suppose my salvation is the best starting place. God poured his grace out on me by saving me so young. My post-conversion sin has certainly grieved him time and time again, but I am grateful for being spared years without Christ. I also see God’s grace in bringing me to Martinsburg when none of my family desired to leave southern WV. God’s grace gave me Joy as my wife. His grace placed me at IBC and continues to protect me as I serve him by serving his people. These are big-picture graces, but my life is filled with a multitude of daily, marvelous, ordinary graces as well: prayer walks, conversations with friends, good books, provision of food, etc. Through joy and sorrow, God is good to his people.
9. How can we pray for you?
Please pray for Joy and me to grow closer to each other and to the Lord, making wise use of our time. Please pray for our ministry to the high schoolers of IBC to continue strongly, despite being away on Sunday mornings. Please pray that Christ, their true Shepherd, will lead and protect them. Please pray for my weekly preparation in the Scriptures, that the Spirit will work on my heart through the Word and thereby prepare me to deliver that Word on Sundays.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the church office at 304.596.9330 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.