God blessed me with a Christian family, and I accepted Christ at a young age.

However, as I grew older, I began to struggle with the assurance of my salvation.

But I am thankful that the Lord helped me to overcome my feelings and doubts through the assurance of His Word.

If you are struggling with assurance of salvation or have questions about salvation, feel free reach out to me at josh@zacharias2australia.com. I would love to help you with your questions!

Call to Ministry

As a young person, I felt that God was calling me to preach and remember having a burden for souls. Growing up, the Lord gave me a desire to be involved in church, and I was active in my church’s ministries.

I surrendered to God’s call during my sophomore year of college when I followed God’s leading to change my major to Pastoral Ministries.

Through ministry opportunities working with college students and teaching Sunday school at Pensacola Christian College, God has developed my ministry skills and confirmed in my heart that He has called me into the ministry.

In 2020, the Lord used my pastor, Jeff Redlin, and the pastoral staff of my church to mentor me for future ministry as I interned at my church for the summer. That fall, I was ordained into the gospel ministry, and Pastor Redlin presented me with a certificate of ordination.

I believe the Lord’s preparation has helped to prepare me for ministry in Australia.

Call to Aus.

God has blessed me with the opportunity to serve on two mission trips to Australia in 2018 and 2019.

The month-long trips allowed me to serve in Australian churches in four of Australia’s largest cities as well as smaller Outback towns through preaching, running youth events, helping with outreach, and more.

During the trips, God gave me a heart for Australians and drew my attention to the great spiritual needs of the Australian people.

During the first trip, I began praying for God to show me if He wanted me to serve long-term in Australia. In between trips, I asked advice from Dr. Steven Maldoff, Southeast Asia Director for Baptist International Missions, Inc. He advised me to pray for God to confirm His call through Scripture. So, I began to pray for God to confirm His call through His Word.

In August of 2019, the Lord spoke to my heart through Matthew 16:24: "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." God used this verse to confirm that He wanted me to serve Him to Australia.