About Pastor Joshua Gale

Pastor Joshua Gale was born in Danville, IL, and later studied at Illinois State University, graduating with a degree in Philosophy in 2007. He then began his studies toward ordination into the Office of the Holy Ministry at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. Pastor Gale served a summer vicarage at a rural church plant in Hartford City, IN, and later a vicarage in Gary, IN, as an urban missionary to the city. Upon graduation from the seminary, Pastor Gale served as a missionary pastor with Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries, developing urban mission plans for mercy work and church planting in Philadelphia. In 2013, he accepted the call to serve in Lima, Peru, as a mission developer and church planter, focusing on the neighborhood of La Victoria through the recently opened Castillo Fuerte Mercy Center. He and his wife Amanda have two children, Zechariah and Katharina. View his blog here.

Voluntourism and the Church

The “little white lie” in church PR may just be the contrast between how we view the import of our mission trips and the actual impact they might have on the mission field. The word “voluntourism” has been used to … Continue reading

Unwrapped–A Review and Encouragement

How should I put this?  I’m an insufferable pessimist.  I find it easier to just assume at best a neutral outcome.  It drives my wife nuts, but I usually greet those feel-good personal interest stories on the news with an … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City–Building Update

We have reached a joyous milestone here at Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries.  After a year of a complicated and at times frustrating process, we have acquired our first set of buildings in Northeast Philadelphia.  The buildings belonged to an existing LCMS … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City — The Story

Everyone seems to get a little piece of what I do out here in Philadelphia.  I wanted to take this chance to tell the story of the last year, an where we are going.  Since Lutherans across the nation know … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City–Just Cookies…

Just Cookies… I believe in investing in the homeless in any way we can, and giving them the abilities to improve their situation and break the cycle of homelessness in their own lives.  Many times, the resources of the church … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City–Food Ban Update

Today in Philadelphia, a federal judge blocked the enforcement of the ban to prohibit feeding the homeless in public.  Since much of a homeless person’s food supply is distributed outside due to high costs for downtown kitchens, and much of … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City– “Mercy or Ulterior Motives”

My friend and brother in the ministry, Matt Lorfeld, recently wrote a short, marvelous post on his church’s blog about the nature of mercy work and its possible “ulterior motives.” As a pastor who spends most of his time with … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City–Short-Term Mission Trips

In a recent post here on BJS, a link to a video was displayed where a young guy with Fisk-like energy critiqued the phenomenon of “short-term mission trips.”  The video largely criticized the self-serving goal of some of those who … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City — City Hall Opposition: A Response

While hanging rafters in a Chicago suburb seven years ago, I decided I would go to seminary to be a pastor in the LCMS. I never thought much of my work in my first call would be illegal. I serve … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City…

Assoc. Editor’s Note:  BJS is expanding and will be bringing on a number of new authors who will all be writing about being “steadfast” in a given situation in life.   As the urban missionary for Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries, I … Continue reading