Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader, DMin Candidate
Joshua Banner is director of The Invitation, a resource for spiritual direction, retreats, teaching, and consulting. He is also creator and host of the Invitation's podcast, which serves the spiritually hungry and has a special focus on pastors and prisoners. Much of Josh's joy is discovering how God is actively involved in the lives of the men he prays with at the EC Brooks Correctional Facility in Muskegon, Michigan.
Josh has served extensively in local churches and in campus ministries in worship arts and discipleship. He has degrees in literature and philosophy (Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois); a master's in interdisciplinary studies (Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia); and is currently writing a dissertation on the spirituality of confinement for a Doctor of Ministry in spiritual direction (Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, California). Josh is also an adjunct professor at Hope College in the Studies in Ministry.
Josh and his wife, poet Susanna Childress, their two sons Casper and Shepherd, and daughter Merritt live in Holland, Michigan.