Pastor Josiah grew up in the Michigan countryside and stayed busy horseback riding, landscaping, making music, and leading his siblings on adventures in the woods. He attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where he (most importantly) met his bride, Lauren, and also completed a degree in Church Music. Desiring to be more prepared pastorally, he moved to St. Louis to attend Covenant Seminary. While in seminary, his family grew to include a son and daughter, as well as a golden retriever named Moxie. After graduation from seminary, the Kaniarzes moved to the Northwoods to serve God’s people through music and pastoral care. Pastor Josiah longs to point people to Jesus, and enrich the church’s music so that God may be glorified and His people may be built up. He enjoys the outdoors, carpentry, pretending to be a mechanic, and doing pretty much anything with his wife. His favorite bible verse is, “‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” -2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV).