Meet the Staff: Pastor Joe Focht
By NMC - April 17, 2015
Posted in Adult Ministry, NMC Staff
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT NMC?
It will be 28 years in August 2015.
WHAT DO YOU DO AT NMC? Senior Associate Pastor
I care for the general oversight, administration and coordination of day to day operations/staff.
IF YOU HAD A DAY TO YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Where I go isn’t really a big deal. Who I go with is. I love to spend time with Jeanne. If our kids and grandkids are at the location, even better!
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRADE PLACES WITH ON NMC STAFF FOR A DAY?
Ed Moser or Norm Schini. I’d love to plow snow or mow lawn for a day.
WHAT IS THE BACK STORY OF HOW YOU ENDED UP AT NMC?
Jeanne and I were serving in a Missionary Church in Flint, Michigan when Pastor Dave called and asked if we would ever consider coming to Nappanee Indiana. I didn’t know anything about Nappanee, but married a gal who grew up on a farm near Wakarusa, less than 6 miles from the church. Now after all these years, it’s crazy to think that our three daughters would graduate from the same high school (NorthWood) that their mom graduated from.
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN THROUGH YOUR ROLE AT NMC THAT HAS PROFOUNDLY IMPACTED YOU?
My trip to Rwanda, Africa shortly after the genocide took place was impactful to me. Standing in Moscow’s “Red Square” and praying for that nation having grown up during the cold war between the US and USSR as a child was impactful. My first missions trip to Honduras to a place called “El Sembrador” and hearing the story of the Hawk family who started the work there. Little did I realize my little baby daughter, whom I left back in Nappanee to travel to Honduras in 1988 would latter marry a grandson (Blake) of the founders of that school (Donald and Twana Hawk).