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, ontological Christology and apocalyptic ethics—where the Incarnate, Crucified and Resurrected Christ takes centre stage.
His basic conviction is that through the Christ event—the Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus—we are able to (1) know the essential nature of God as cruciform love, (2) how to interpret the complex realities of our time as those who now live in the Christ-Reality, so that (3) we can act responsibly, compassionately, and sometimes defiantly, with an ethic that honours the the Cross of suffering love and the living God’s love for 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.