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Josh Afram

Children's and Family Pastor

Myers-Briggs: ENFP-The Campaigner

Enneagram Number and Title: 3-The Achiever

Spiritual Gifts: Leadership, Pastor, Apostleship, and Discernment

Top Strengths: Learner, Developer, Arranger, and Context

Personal Bio

Originally from Rockford, Illinois Joshua Afram studied Business and Economics at Rockford University and later focused his learning on Theology and Family Ministry at Bethel Seminary, where he graduated in 2012.  His main responsibilities at Parkview Community Church include overseeing and executing the vision and mission of Family Ministry. Josh has held several titles at Parkview. He has been our Middle School Pastor, Kids Camp Director, and Pastor of Student Ministries. Joshua can be found working on projects related to teaching, learning, and budget setting as well as vision creation and pastoral care for Family Ministry.  He also hosts the Ray K Translation podcast.  Joshua is most passionate about developing strong, healthy teams and equipping youth to be world changers.  He values trust, inclusivity, growth, and fun, which are all attributes that form and enhance Parkview’s thriving student ministry.  Joshua is married to Paige and together they have one son named Jacob.  When he is not focused on Family Ministry, Joshua is most passionate about being intentional about the time spent with his family.  He loves gathering people together around the table to share a delicious meal that he has cooked, and he also enjoys trying out new restaurants in the city.

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On August 26, 2021, IL Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an Executive Order mandating that masks be worn at all indoor gatherings. Although churches are exempt from the Executive Order, out of respect for governing authorities, Parkview has continued to ask staff, leaders, volunteers, and those attending Sunday gatherings to wear a mask while indoors. We are grateful for our people’s understanding and willingness to do so. The Governor recently indicated that his Executive Order will be rescinded on Monday, February 28th making masks no longer required in most indoor settings. In anticipation of that, on Sunday, February 27th Parkview will return to a “mask optional” policy.

While the mask policy has once again shifted, our commitment to your health and wellbeing has not. We remain dedicated to thoroughly cleaning our public spaces before and after our gatherings. Masks and hand sanitizer are still readily available to those who want them.

Navigating these difficult days has not always been clear or easy. Whatever your perspective on current realities, as fellow Christians, let us allow kindness, grace and compassion characterize our interaction and relationships. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “Let us be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

I look forward to being with you on Sundays.
Grace and Peace,
Ray S. Kollbocker
Lead Pastor