Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Joe Nesbit was blessed to have parents who shared an understanding with him and his two brothers of a God who was loving, kind, and merciful. His parent’s nightly prayers with the family and their consistent example of living the Gospel with warmth, generosity, and optimism, helped him to glimpse the beauty and the value of a life lived for God.
As a student studying electrical engineering at Walla Walla University, Nesbit was called to ministry at the age of 21 in answer to the prayer: “Father, if you want me to be a pastor instead of an electrical engineer, simply ask me to speak somewhere.” The next day he was asked to speak at a local church. He was taken back by the answered prayer, declined the invitation, and wrestled with God for more than a decade before humbly accepting the call to ministry. “It has been an incredible journey with God ever since,” says Nesbit.
A native of Washington State, he later served six years in the United States Army as a military intelligence specialist in Korea, Germany, and Afghanistan. Today, he is happily married to Trisha, a fellow pastor and a native of New York, whom he met at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. They recently celebrated their 12th anniversary. Nesbit holds a master of physical therapy from Loma Linda University and a master of divinity degree from Andrews University. He is currently a doctorate of theology candidate at Andrews University with an emphasis in systematic theology and Adventist studies.
He is passionate about helping people discover the love of God the Father, the hope of new life in Christ, and the beauty of unity in diversity through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Florida | March 2021