Who's Who: Josh Yeltman

Updated: Feb 14

Notice the new guy on stage? We thought we'd get to know him a little better...

M: How did you get connected to Hope? J: In February, my family and I decided we wanted to explore other churches to see where we could add value through serving. When we had first moved to Dubuque 4 ½ years ago, we attended Hope once or twice and enjoyed it. So when we decided to start looking, we came to Hope for a service, and we knew right away we’d found our new home. The kids were excited, my wife and I felt fulfilled, the sermon was unapologetically powerful, and there were openings in kids ministry and worship, so it was a slam dunk. M:Tell me a little bit about your family. J: My wife, Amanda, has a heart for children and always has. She is actually back in school to finish her Elementary Ed degree so she can be a teacher here in Dubuque. Still a full-time mom and wife, she is doing great in school and remains on the Chancellor’s list each semester. Cadence is 13 and loves spending time with her friends and playing volleyball. She does very well in school and is a great big sister. Eli is 7 and loves all things skateboarding, and he’s incredibly talented in art and music. He keeps me challenged at the skatepark and drums for me when I play local gigs.   M: Why did you and your family choose to jump in to serving right away? J: We are strong believers in “faith in action”. James 1:22 – “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Faith isn’t just what we choose to believe, it looks like something. One way we choose to live out our faith is through serving in church. God gives everyone different talents, abilities and resources, and we believe it’s up to us to express our gratitude for those by using them to serve his church. So Amanda serves in children’s ministry because it’s what fulfills her craving to serve. I do worship because I love playing music, but more so because it’s personally how I prepare my heart to hear God’s word, and I walk away feeling so blessed when I’ve had the opportunity to help prepare others.