Joshua Canada

Santa Barbara, CA

Joshua is a non-profit and higher education professional who has served and provided leadership within a number of non-profits, churches, and educational institutions. Joshua graduated with a B.A. in Sociology & M.A. in Higher Education from Taylor University and has worked in student development at Taylor University Fort Wayne, Huntington University, and Westmont College. Prior to graduate school, he worked for Generations of Hope, a non-profit supporting children in the foster care system by providing them and their adoptive families with a network of support within their neighborhoods.

As a Resident Director at Westmont College Joshua helped implement a new student conduct process oriented around developmental theory. He also worked with the Intercultural Programs office providing leadership in developing multicultural competency and advised an interfaith organization intended to cultivate understanding between students of various faith backgrounds. As an active Higher Education professional, he has presented and written about StrengthsFinder, leadership development, multicultural competency, and spiritual formation for Higher Education organizations such as the Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD), the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values, Christians on Diversity in the Academy, and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA).

Currently Joshua is working as a Development Executive at United Way of Santa Barbara County. His role is a combination of overseeing 20 organizational campaigns that collectively bring in over $300,000 each year, providing individual stories and an overarching narrative for marketing and promotional materials, and cultivating strategic partnerships with other non-profits involved in community development.

Within the community of Santa Barbara, Joshua serves on the Local Board of Administration of the Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara and has been overseeing the church's multi-year strategic plan and an impending pastoral transition. Joshua also sits on the board of Uffizi Missional Order, which seeks to mobilize the church and community to serve with and for the marginalized in Santa Barbara.