Josh Valley is an award-winning writer and a nationally-recognized voice in the Canadian faith community. He holds an MDiv from Tyndale University in Toronto, and is the recipient of the Stanley A. Boswell Expository Preaching Award and the Dr. Ross and Carol Bailey Theology Award. He has contributed to numerous faith-based magazines, journals and online platforms across North America.
His passion for theology and post-Christendom discipleship is rooted in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theology from below, existential Christology and apocalyptic ethics—where the Incarnate, Crucified and Resurrected Christ takes centre stage. Josh has also been significantly influenced by the eschatological hope theologies of Howard Snyder, John Wesley, Jurgen Moltmann and N.T. Wright. He is also particularly fond of the work and voice of Orthodox theologian Brad Jersak and the pastoral life and theology of his dear friend and pastor Keith Jagger.
In 2016, Josh won the Word Award for Best-Column Series, for his op-ed articles, Donald Trump and other Madness Evangelicals Fall For, and Seeing Jesus as a Refugee.
Josh’s Christ-centred critique of Evangelicals who supported/support Donald Trump’s Presidency via Franklin Graham’s Christian nationalism is the first known article to be published on the phenomenon (published Dec. 12, 2015).
His basic conviction is that through the Christ event—the Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus—we are able to know the essential nature of God as cruciform love and how to interpret the complex realities of our time as those who now live in the Christ-Reality, so that we can act responsibly, compassionately, and sometimes defiantly, with an apocalyptic ethic that honours the the Cross of suffering love and the living God’s defiant love for the earth, its creatures and ecosystems, as well as the outcasts, outsiders and those who are most vulnerable in our communities.
All of this, alongside of his own personal experiences with suffering and woundedness, has led Josh to becoming a Spiritual Care Practitioner (or Chaplain). He has worked with Indigenous youth from Northern Ontario First Nations communities suffering the intergenerational trauma of Residential Schools, and currently serves as a hospital and long-term care Chaplain in Thunder Bay, Ontario—where he grew up and now resides with his family.