Shields of Life, Coaching


Climbing to the rank of Fire Chief (retired) in the volunteer fire service of Indiana, Coach Josh spent 26 years serving local communities in northeast Indiana as a Firefighter and EMT. Throughout those years of serving the local communities, Coach Josh responded to multiple emergencies and crisis situations that led to trauma & stress for the men and women he served with, and also those who were victims of the emergencies.

With every call responded to, he gained more knowledge about the different ways that trauma and stress can affect people, emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally. Through those experiences, he gained knowledge, understanding, compassion, and empathy for those experiencing a lack of peace in their life. His ability to bring peace, calm and serenity to stressful situations led to him being asked to providing Pastoral Counseling as a Chaplain to local volunteer firefighters and other emergency service personnel. 

Coach Josh spent his early twenties addicted to alcohol. After living life as an alcoholic, he fully understands the struggles with addiction and not only what addiction can do to you and your body, but also to those around you. Through the challenges of recovery, he was able to find daily reasons to put down the bottle and focus on his life with his wife and children to become a better, stronger father and husband.

After seeking out Christ in 2015, Coach Josh found a new path in life, one of helping those around him live a more meaningful and peaceful life. After being baptized, Coach Josh made the decision to advance and continue his educational journey. In 2018, Coach Josh became a Pastor and Certified Emergency Fire Chaplain and then enrolled at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he graduated in 2023 with a Bachelor of Science focused on Psychology and Life Coaching. Currently, Coach Josh is still enrolled with IWU working towards completing his Master of Arts in Psychology.

While being interviewed for a Senior Pastor position with the United Methodist Church, Coach Josh was asked what he had learned through his recovery process his response was, “This experience taught me that even in the toughest of times if you never give up, you will never fail.” (Watts, 2023) This is his motto still today, and now, he has a new ally in life to walk with, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

With the combination of different experiences throughout his years of service as a Fire Chief and Officer, Emergency Chaplain, and Pastor, Coach Josh has gained the confidence and knowledge needed to engage those wanting to begin the journey of finding peace in their life. Life Coaching is not a quick fix for your problems however, the starting point for change and peace is here and Coach Josh is ready to help you on that journey to a new, peaceful life.

Message from Coach Josh


I started my own Life Coaching/Consulting service so I could focus on helping individuals who are struggling with stress, trauma, addiction, and faith-related issues. I wanted to help others find peace in their lives while learning to cope with the ailments that are afflicting their lives. I have over 25 years of experience responding to emergencies and dealing with traumatic and stressful experiences as a firefighter, EMT, and Chaplain. As a recovered alcoholic myself, I understand the aspects of addiction that can be hard to overcome alone. These are a few of the reasons that I decided to become a life coach, to help others learn to cope with the struggles within their life.

As a faith coach, I have been able to bring my skills and the knowledge gained from being a Pastor to help bring a better understanding of how a relationship with Christ can help strengthen the decisions made in life through prayer and determination to succeed. Although I am a Christian Pastor, my coaching sessions are non-denominational. Even though my coaching services are based on faith, I am here to assist all of those seeking positive changes in their lives to reach peace without judgment of any kind.

If you have been looking for a life coach to help you achieve a better, more peaceful lifestyle without the fear of being judged, then please take a look at what I have to offer.

I look forward to speaking with you soon,

Coach Josh.