Introducing the Pastoral Candidate: Josiah Katumu

Dear Brothers and Sister of New City East Lake,                                                      

Thank you for your prayers throughout the past months and particularly this past week. We have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit working in and through us as we have met together in prayer and discussion. He led us as we made decisions regarding our next pastor.

As a committee, we have prayed that the Lord would provide our church with a pastor with several key characteristics. We felt these characteristics would serve our unique congregation in the next phase of its life. We have asked God to send us a man who possesses the following qualities:

  • Is a lover of diversity, has cross-cultural experience and would serve as a cross-cultural reconciler
  • Displays Christ-centered preaching and is a strong and clearcommunicator of the Word
  • Is teachable, humble, open to reproof and a good listener
  • Has a heart for mercy ministry and can serve as a socio-economic bridge builder
  • Is a visionary and mobilizer with the ability to delegate

As a pastoral search committee we have received a number of applications, had several Skype interviews and brought two candidates for weekend interviews. We are now excited to introduce a potential candidate to you for consideration, we believe he displays these key characteristics.

Josiah Katumu is ordained in the PCA and currently serves as the senior pastor at Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church in Relay, Maryland. Josiah, originally from Kenya, moved to the United States in 2008 to attend Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Before leaving Kenya, he served as a Worship Leader and Youth and Music Director in two different churches. While attending seminary, Josiah served as an Intern and Music Leader at Covenant Presbyterian Church, which is a multi-cultural church. While in seminary, he also met his wife, Quiana, who is originally from North Carolina. After completing seminary, Josiah and Quiana moved to Stuart, Florida where he served as the Assistant Pastor of Community Life and Worship at Treasure Coast Presbyterian Church. In this position he was heavily involved in starting a mercy ministry and connecting his predominantly Caucasian church with the African American community. In 2014, Josiah and Quiana moved to Relay, Maryland where he served as an Associate Pastor and then as Senior Pastor at Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church. Since 2015, Josiah has also served as an instructor in the Master of Divinity program at Lamp Theological Seminary. Josiah and Quiana have one son, two-year old Josiah Jr.


Josiah will be candidating at New City East Lake from July 10-14. Following his visit, there will be a Congregational Meeting on July 28.

Available times to meet with Josiah and Quiana are as follows:

  • Thursday, July 11: 6pm - 8pm: Coffee and Dessert at Doug and Amy Brown’s House (1430 Millbro Circle, East Ridge, TN 37412) (childcare provided) (Sign up HERE.)
  • Sunday, July 14: 12:30pm - 2pm: Lunch Potluck following the service at NCEL
  • Sunday, July 14: 6pm - 8pm: Reception and Q&A with Josiah and Quiana at NCEL (childcare provided) (Sign up HERE.)

We pray that as many of you as possible will have an opportunity to meet and interact with Josiah during this time. We will be sending out a more specific itinerary with several opportunities to meet with Josiah and his wife, Quiana. We will also provide opportunities for you to provide feedback to the search committee. Lastly, we encourage you to listen to Josiah’s sermons. You can find them uploaded here.

Thank you for your continued prayers as we take this next step in the pastoral search process.

NCEL Pastoral Search Committee:
Jose Ocando, Katelyn Newsome, Bryan Holland, Al Herweyer, Raquel Pantoja, Jim Terney, Sarah Ward