CALLED TO PREPARE

Joseph’s Way takes it name from the life of Joseph in the Book of Genesis. God used Joseph to save his family and his nation through years of famine by storing grain during times of plenty to prepare for times of need (Genesis 41). As Joseph told his brothers: “God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors” (Gen. 45:7 NLT).

GOVERNANCE

The Board of Joseph’s Way (JW) has adopted bylaws and internal policies to help ensure the integrity of this ministry. That includes a conflict-of-interest and other policies designed to provide financial accountability and good stewardship. JW will join the Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability (ECFA) as soon as JW is eligible.

WHAT WE ENCOURAGE

1

Faith driven preparation

We believe in prudent preparation based on faith, not fear. Our preparations are important but could be frustrated. We need to trust God more than our preparations.
2

Spiritual preparation is most important

Our hearts need to be in the right place even as we prepare, otherwise we may prepare with wrong motives. "Train yourself for godliness . . . . it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come." 1 Tim 4:7-8

WHAT WE DISCOURAGE

1

Fear

We reject preparation with fear as a motive. We have to prepare prudently, based on faith, with the goal of helping others, not just ourselves, during a crisis.
2

“What’s mine is mine.”

It’s not. All that we have belongs to God and we should be generous with it as much as possible, even in a crisis.
3

Survival at all costs

That is not a Christ-worthy goal. For Christians, to die is gain, though families may need to use self-defense to protect loved ones in some circumstances.

OUR BOARD

Steve Hall

Steve Hall

Steve is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.). Steve is an attorney who has also served as both a deacon and elder in evangelical Presbyterian churches. He has more than 20 years of experience in teaching, preaching, and public speaking. Steve has written several articles on the challenges facing the American church and its response to those challenges. In 2012, the Board of Joseph’s Way elected Steve to serve as its Executive Director.

Raymond Goodlett

Raymond Goodlett

Ray Goodlett is a graduate of Howard University who is the Director of Family Ministry at Redemption Hill Church in Richmond, Virginia, and also serves as an elder for that church. Ray came to Christ in 1997 during his senior year of college and has been working with college students and others since 2006. He earlier headed Redemption Hill’s college ministry. He is an avid soccer player who used to play for DC United and is married to Heather Goodlett, who heads the Youth Life Foundation in Richmond. They have three children and live in Richmond.

Bob Fitch

Bob Fitch

Bob Fitch is an elder at St. Giles Church in Richmond, Virginia. He is a professional financial planner who has served on several other nonprofit boards. Bob has been a supporter of Joseph’s Way since its inception in 2012 and has helped provide financial planning assistance in our seminars. He and his wife live in Midlothian, Virginia.

Chris Batts

Chris Batts

Chris Batts is a former member of the U.S. Marines with a background in human intelligence and counterintelligence. Chris spent much of his military career in the special operations community. He currently works for a defense contractor in the Northern Virginia area. He also assists another nonprofit, Concilium, by providing emergency training to foreign missionaries. He is married with three children and has been a follower of Christ since 1982.

“God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors.”

Genesis 45:7 (NLT)