Josh Kocher

Josh Kocher

Admissions Counselor

BA, Chemistry, Ohio State University, 2011; ThM, New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary, Current Student

Serving with DTS since: Fall 2015

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Howdy “y’all”! Thanks for taking time to view our Team Admissions page at DTS! We’re very excited that you are considering what the Lord might have for you by way of deeper study of His Word and equipping for His work. This time can be daunting, filled with many questions and uncertainties about the next step. Be encouraged, we’re here to help! Our admissions team is comprised of DTS students and graduates who have been where you are, uncertain how God would move and in what direction. It would be my pleasure to hear what God has put on your heart and how we can help you take the next step, whether that be at DTS or elsewhere!

During my time at Ohio State, I viewed professors as distant, academic brains who taught because they had to. At DTS, however, the opposite is true! Although all of our professors are intelligent and academically astute, they are personable and realize that seminary is not all about gaining knowledge. The faculty recognizes that to equip a ‘godly servant-leader,’ one needs to invest in the student as a person, and that is exactly what they do. I was blown away at the deep interaction and intentionality I’ve experienced with the faculty, whether that be staying after class to discuss course materials, having their office door open for students to come in and talk about life, or meeting up for lunch to discuss future ministry opportunities and provide wise counsel. These profs are themselves ‘godly servant-leaders’ and they care about discipling students unto Christlikeness for their pupils’ good and God’s glory!

The thought of attending seminary was scary, and was filled with several unknowns. My wife and I had to trust that ‘God will never lead where His grace won’t sustain’. I can confidently say that, although it wasn’t easy, it has lead to the best years of my life. God has used DTS and this season of preparation to deepen my walk with and dependence upon Him by transforming the way I read and understand His Word. I have no doubts that the Lord will also grow you unto Christlikeness through a season of dependence and study in a way you may never have before!

What are your hobbies or outside interests?
I enjoy being active, playing/watching a host of sports and playing instruments like the guitar and drums. My favorite ‘hobby’ is spending time with my girls: my beautiful wife, Hope, and our precious daughter, Ruth!

What made you decide to go to DTS?
Having a Senior Pastor who was a DTS graduate who spoke highly of the seminary and the rich tradition and intense focus on the biblical languages were enough to convince me that DTS was a wise choice.

What do you do on your day off?
I’ll try to play a round of golf or some other outdoor activity to enjoy creation, and spend time with my family. Although, while in seminary many days ‘off’ are spent reading and studying!

What are your favorite foods?
I love a hearty, flavorful, and juicy burger… and anything my wife cooks!

What is your favorite television show of all time?
Criminal Minds

What is the best part about working in the DTS admissions office?
The Team dynamic! We have an amazing team of individuals who love the Lord and are dedicated to not only serving our prospective students but also their team members.

What is your favorite piece of literature?
The Bible...but more specifically, the Prophets!

What is your favorite quote?
“The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart.” -John Calvin

What is your favorite musical artist/group/genre of music?
My favorite band, currently, is ‘Phinehas’ and the genre is ‘Christian Metal.’

Who is the person you admire most and why?
My Grandma Joyce. She is an amazing woman who never gives up and emulates Christ in her self-sacrificial love and service to all those around her.

Who is your favorite Bible character and why?
Timothy. Given what we know about him through Paul’s letters, I see many similarities between him and myself, especially as a leader of the church. And although he did need encouragement, he was still a faithful and dedicated follower of Christ and leader of the early church.

If you could have superhero powers, what would they be?
I’m unoriginal, but I’d love to fly! Travel anywhere you’d like and enjoy a bird’s eye view whenever you desired – what could be better?

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Estes Park, Colorado. On the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains, the landscape is gorgeous, hiking tremendous, and the weather fantastic!