Who We Are
Josh has been the Lead pastor from the first day God called him to leave the cool mountain air of Big Bear California, to the heat of the Palm Springs desert, in late 2011. He married Carrie, a beautiful, loving and generously supportive wife in October 2003. Together, their biggest joy is loving God and raising their four children, ages one to twelve. Being a pastor, he was overjoyed to have the opportunity to personally baptize his two oldest daughters. On his down time, Josh enjoys taking his family on camping trips into the California mountains, whenever he can...of course, he won't leave town before making a quick stop at the closest Starbuck's!
Josh graduated from Joshua Springs Bible college and has been delighting in seeing, and actively participating, in people's lives being changed and families being reconciled to each other, and God. Josh has a deep and faithful love for God and His people, and this love shows in every personal interaction he has.
Darin, who likes to be referred to as simply “D”, is a vibrant, social and welcoming part of Hosanna City Church. He made his way to Palm Springs from Los Angeles in 2005 when God truly got ahold of him. As a result, D has surrendered with an attitude of complete dependance upon God. Being a graduate of Calvary Bible College helped solidify his faith, and these days, he enjoys serving and encouraging others while helping them along with their own walk with God.
When D has some down time, he enjoys cooking, climbing, running, hiking and spending time with his family. His family consists of his amazing wife, Christina of 17 years, their five children and one grandchild with ages ranging from 3yrs - 27yrs old.
Alex and his beautiful wife, Sara, met in bible college and have been married since 2011. The true loves of each of their lives are Jesus, each other, their two adorable sons and the children of other families, whom God has placed in their care. Alex has been our fun loving and extremely dedicated children’s pastor from the first founding day of Hosanna City Church. Alex believes true love is sacrifice and there is nothing he is more willing to do other than to sacrifice his life for the lives of the children God has placed under his supervision. What a calling and blessing he and his family have!
Speaking of calling...when tacos are calling, Alex is listening! The other thing he listens to… records. Thats right, vinyl. A favorite pastime for Alex is to spend his spare hours digging through stacks of vinyl in order to find that next favorite sound, the next thing to listen to. He has been known to say “Nothing beats some crate digging!” But when the day is over, and the excitement has thinned, he knows, nothing can match the loving arms of his wife.
Kyle, a mostly young guy, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, exuberant and full of life, he is as real as they come. With a light and funny personality, he easily clicks with young people, giving him the opportunity to speak truth into their lives. A known taco lover, he also loves to watch and play just about any sport.
Like a lot of his friends, Kyle was bound for college. A college degree is widely considered the wise thing to obtain for somebody his age, but God (great things usually happen after those two words) had a different plan for him. Being surrendered himself, he realized the wiser choice is God’s plan for him. He is now pursuing a life in ministry, a life for Jesus. Called and led by God, he has been serving as Hosanna’s Youth Director since January 2015. He is sold out to Christ and desires most to see other young people led down the same, narrow road to meet Jesus. He delights in seeing his peers surrender their pride, broken hearts, broken lives and identity issues over to Jesus, to be properly mended.
Originally from the cool coastal climate of Portland, Oregon, Sean made his way to Palm Springs where he met his wife Anna. They were married in late 2004 and have two wonderful children, ages 7 and 15. When he isn't playing music, he can be found spending time hiking and swimming and simply enjoying some quality time with his family. As a long time musician, Sean is a natural for the incredible task of worship leader to the Lord. Since June, 2014 we have been exceptionally blessed to have him as lead worship musician and singer here at Hosanna City Church. He is helping to cultivate a culture of Jesus loving humans, one note at a time! Sean gives all of who he is ...to help reveal who HE is!
An athletic and outdoorsy Coachella Valley native, Marilyn is happily married to Jay and has 3 amazing children and 4 beautiful grandchildren. Born into a God fearing family, she had heard about Jesus and knew who He was, but didn’t fully surrender her life until 2010. Ever since, she has been on fire for Jesus and looks to Him in all that she does. Grateful and vocal about receiving a gift she “does not deserve”, she is always ready and excited to share about Jesus and His grace, salvation, redemption and her life experiences and growth in the Lord.
With accounting ever present in her life at the young age of 14, Marilyn pursued an education in accounting which lead to own her getting a degree as well as becoming a licensed tax preparer. Although she has also been in real estate as well as cosmetology, her gift and passion for numbers has helped her to own her own business which, in turn, has given Marilyn the ability to have a flexible schedule, allowing her to serve as Hosanna’s bookkeeper. A blessing to us and to God’s Kingdom, we are thrilled to have her has one of our newest team members!
Secretary and Women's Ministry Director
Michelle, who is no stranger to the challenges of teaching, has been an anchor and leader for the youth, teens, young adults, life group members and women’s ministry alike. You may also find her bright smile and enthusiasm as she leads the Information Booth team, in our foyer, each Sunday. Her supernatural faith and diligent prayer life is an encouraging example for everyone who has had the opportunity to get to meet or spend time with her. Her husband Michael and their two beautiful children, Cherisse and Cody, are much like her, full of life and a contagious love for Jesus. Michelle also loves higher adrenaline activities like zip-lining, hiking and soccer, while balancing it with down time at the beach enjoying the sun and surf. Michelle strives to speak the Truth, with love, into the lives of many of her friends here at Hosanna City Church. Our hope is that she can someday be an encouragement in your life as well.