Dr. Strunk

Founder of The IS403 Project, Rev. Dr. Joshua C. Strunk is a pastor and educator. In addition to his experiences in various facets of ministry, Dr. Strunk has also worked in several non-academic/ ecclesiastical settings. The diversity of experience gleaned from time spent with people from many different cultures and backgrounds, has given him a broad view of the way that Faith and Spirituality intersect everyday life.



EdD, Educational Leadership. Liberty University. Lynchburg VA, August 2015.

MDiv, Leadership. Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Lynchburg VA, May 2009.

MAR, Church Ministry. Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Lynchburg VA, May 2007.

BA, Pastoral Ministry. John Wesley University. High Point NC, May 2005.

Professional Experience

Kiski Area Youth Network, Vandergrift, PA

Interim Executive Director, (August 2016-Present)

Oversee the day to day administrative and educational work of KAYN; an organization whose mission is to network individuals, businesses and churches to help unchurched students discover the Gospel, develop their spiritual lives and then deploy to serve their communities.

Ohio Christian University, Circleville, OH

Online Adjunct Professor of Ministry, (June 2015-Present)

Facilitate online undergraduate ministry courses as determined by department and institution need.

The IS403 Project, Hyde Park, PA

Researcher/ Consultant, (January 2013-Present)

I started the IS403 Project to inform practical spiritual leadership with rigorous academic scholarship within a holistic framework of robust, integrative faith. Through the IS403 Project, I write, publish, and do consultant work.

Community Church of Pine Run, Apollo, PA

Senior Pastor, (September 2011-Present)

Correctly understood, pastoral ministry is a multi-disciplinary vocation. In addition to theological and spiritual leadership; it requires competency in philosophy, education, psychology, organizational leadership, and administration, as well as a degree of cultural intelligence tempered with equal measures of vision and compassion.

Yearling Middle School, Okeechobee, FL

Language Arts Teacher, (August 2010-July 2011)

Taught 7th grade language arts in a POD setting, coordinating instruction with the Social Studies and Science teachers so as to integrate the curriculum as much as was possible at the time.

Okeechobee Christian Academy, Okeechobee FL

Headmaster/ Bible and Philosophy Teacher, (August 2007-July 2009)

As the headmaster of OCA, I had primary administrative, educational and pastoral oversight of the K3 – 12th academy and was charged by the OCA Board with the responsibility of the total academy program including the daily operations of the academy, finances, fundraising and public relations.  In my time as headmaster, I led the navigation of the transition from being a parochial school to becoming an independent one, I oversaw the expansion of the Middle school and High school program, and I taught the 6th-12th bible and philosophy classes. What is more, there were numerous renovations to the campus that occurred over and above, due to generous donations of time and talent by those in our community.  In addition to these things, I worked with the local ministerial association. I wrote editorials for the local newspaper. I was invited to speak at gatherings of such groups as the Rotary and the local Pregnancy Center. I was able to do some preaching at area churches and taught several workshops on things like inductive bible study and worldview. I occasionally performed chaplain duties for the local public school board and city council and started an inter-denominational Christian Leadership Network of local Businessmen and civil servants who met monthly for prayer regarding the needs of the community.

Community Evangelical Methodist Church, Thomasville NC

Senior Pastor, (January 2006-April 2007)

In addition to doing the regular things pastors do, I had the opportunity to see the church move towards greater community involvement. We established a partnership with a local inter-denominational ministry that provided food, clothing, financial, and other forms of assistance for people in need as well as getting the church set up as an Angel Food Ministries provider.

Bannertown Wesleyan Church, Mt. Airy NC

Bi-Vocational Senior Pastor, (January 2005-June 2005)

As I was finishing my undergraduate work I took a position as the senior pastor of a small Wesleyan Church in Mt. Airy, North Carolina.  Unfortunately, the joy of this pastorate was short lived because after several months there I began to receive notices from the state regarding fines owed for having lead and copper in the church water system from several years prior when they had been operating a daycare.  As I dug into the situation I was unsettled to discover that money was owed not only to the state but also to the IRS for unpaid employee taxes and to several private institutions in amounts that totaled far more than was feasible for the church to pay.  Shortly thereafter the IRS froze the church’s accounts and I knew I had to find a solution quickly.  Another Wesleyan church in the community had outgrown its facilities and was in desperate need of a new meeting space.  So I worked with the Pastor to orchestrate a merger of the two churches into one.

Undergraduate Courses Taught

CM1000: Survey of Christian Education, Online

CM3030: Evangelism and Discipleship II, Online

NT2000: New Testament Survey, Online

OT1000: Old Testament Survey, Online

OT2100: The Pentateuch, Online

PSY4200: Conflict Resolution, Online

 Publications, Research, & Presentations

The convergence of ministry, tenure, and efficacy: Moving beyond speculation toward the development of a new theory of pastoral efficacy (2017). Pastoral Psychology. DOI 10.1007/s11089-017-0760-6. Find it @ https://theis403project.com/research/

Exploring the convergence of ministry, tenure, and efficacy: A phenomenological study of long-tenured pastors (2015). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1072. Find it @

Pastoral Longevity and Effectiveness (2014). Healthy Church Radio [Podcast Interview]. Find it @ http://www.healthychurchradio.com/hcr087-pastoral-longevity-and-effectiveness/

Finding Freedom in the Embrace of the Eternal: Reflections on the Life of King Solomon (2014). The IS403 Project. Find it @ https://theis403project.com/finding-freedom-a-devotional/

Professional Service & Memberships

Peer Reviewer (2017). Journal of Psychology and Theology. Biola University: LaMiranda, CA.

Workshops & Community Service

Master’s Class Seminars (2017). Bible Study Basics. Community Church of Pine Run. Apollo, PA

Advanced Theology Class (2008-2009). Developing a Biblical Worldview. More2Life Ministries. Okeechobee, FL.

Children’s Ministry Co-director/ Co-teacher (2008-2009). More 2 Life Ministries. Okeechobee, FL

Faculty Workshop (2008). Holistic Pedagogy and Integrated Curriculum. Okeechobee Christian Academy. Okeechobee, FL.

Faculty Workshop (2007). Worldview, Educational Philosophy, and Best Practices. Okeechobee Christian Academy. Okeechobee, FL.