joe testa

Joe Testa

College & Young Adult Pastor

Email: joe@newhopehaslett.com

What do you love about what you do at NH?
I love working with young people. I love helping connect people with Jesus and seeing them grow up in their faith.

What year did you join staff?
I joined in April of 2017.

How did You come to know Jesus?
I grew up relatively unchurched and was blown away by the gospel message my freshmen year in college. A friend shared a picture of the gospel with me which helped put the pieces together. That single message and how God used that campus church at U of I turned my world upside down and set me on the trajectory I’m on still to this day.

What’s your favorite Bible verse?
Romans 8:31-32
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[a] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

What would you name your boat if you had one?
On Campus. Get it? When someone asks my wife where I am she could tell them, “he’s on campus.”

If you could write one book, what would it be about?
I would encourage followers of Jesus to use their passions to build normal friendships. It’s in the context of these normal friendships that trust is built and where people talk about what matters most in life. The gospel moves forward at the pace of relationships.