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Heyo! My name is Bruce, a Zimbabwean native, with a Youngstown accent! I have the privilege of pastoring our College Students and Young Adults here at Old North Church (ages 18-29).
I am convinced beyond a doubt that God’s Spirit works as we prayerfully proclaim God’s Word and patiently wait for fruit: and this is the framework I think about when I help to make and grow disciples in our church. We have the privilege of running an on-campus ministry at Youngstown State University called “The Bible Talks”, where we seek to open Bibles with college students and hear what God has to say in a variety of formats — preaching, small group studies, and one-to-one Bible reading pairs.
We have a growing and very excited group of college students and young adults at Old North Church, and I am blessed to be a part of this good work.
I graduated with a BSc in Journalism and Media Studies from NUST in Zimbabwe and have worked as a reporter for The Sunday News (a local weekly in Zimbabwe). I came to Old North Church as a Ministry Apprentice in 2020 after I had served in various pastoral roles in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and in Durban, South Africa. I am married to the wonderful Miss Brittany, and we have one little girl, Aneni. I am also enrolled at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where I am pursuing an MDiv with a concentration in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry.
I spend my spare-time thinking about how everyone should absolutely own an air fryer or playing local pick-up soccer when I can. I am also unashamedly a coffee snob.If you’d like to contact Bruce please email him or call the church office. email@example.com | 330.533.6848 ext. 235
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17) This is so true of my life. I came to Christ when I was young, and it was after hearing the Word of God many times. Since then, God has used His Word to strengthen my faith in who He is and what He will do in my life. My prayer and hope is to encourage kids to know God’s Word so they can personally know Him.
When I was a senior in high school, I was asked to be a teacher’s assistant in an elementary classroom. I soon realized that I really enjoyed teaching kids. After receiving a degree in Elementary Education and a master’s in Personnel Services, I finally was able to teach in a formal classroom. During my summers, I would venture off and visit missionaries, which gave me a passion for missionaries and their work on the field. For two years, I was given the opportunity to teach the kids of a medical mission team in Cameroon, West Africa.
Obed and I married in 2009, and we had four kids soon after – Livia and Micah (twins), Lily, and Laiyla, who are all in middle school. We moved here to Ohio from San Antonio, TX in 2021 and we have so enjoyed getting to know the people here, especially at Old North Church!
Teaching kids to follow Jesus is a mission I love – and then to work alongside parents and volunteers with grace and truth is even better! Please pray with me that the kids at Old North Church will grow to love God’s Word!If you’d like to contact Joanna please email her or call the church office. firstname.lastname@example.org | 330.533.6848 x236