Josh Wenzek is a graduating senior with an incredible amount of passion for Jesus, his wife, and reaching people, both in and out of the classroom.
His goal in life is “to practice true religion – to look after orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27).
A transfer student, Josh lives offcampus in Lake Forest Park with his wife, their cat, Boots, and his wife’s grandmother.
Josh hopes to be a teacher someday soon. He feels called to teach in Africa after his church did the 30 Hour Famine, sponsored by World Vision, and after he went to Zambia for a missions trip in 2008.
“Initially, I guess, the whole goal was to get this degree to work on a farmschool- orphanage in Africa. That was kind of the driving motivation for getting the degree and coming to Northwest.”
After being here, he’s also decided that he wants to teach in a Christian environment.
“Being a science teacher, I see science pointing to God’s design so strongly and intensely that I don’t know if I will be able to teach without it being attributed to God.”
Josh credits his wife of over 3 years for his accomplishments.
“She takes care of her grandma, but she also is a wedding florist. And she is actually going to school right now, after a 9-year break after not getting her degree. She is amazing. She is such a support to me and an encouragement that I just don’t know what to do without her. She’s my best friend.”
Teaching in Africa isn’t Josh’s only calling.
“We’re making plans to adopt when I get out of school – from Africa or wherever we’re living. We can’t have kids, so adoption is our avenue for children, and also it’s been our dream for 10 years – even before we were married.”
Until then, Josh and his wife look forward to future adventures and are counting down the days.
“Yes, I have 198 days until graduation…we have a calendar.”