Barbara and Josiah Bancroft worked overseas and stateside in Serge (then called World Harvest Mission) from 1992 to 2004. Then in 2005 Josiah left Serge for five years to work as a co-pastor with Dave Desforge in Asheville, NC. Barbara and Josiah returned to the mission in October 2010 for Josiah to serve as Director of Mission overseeing all the ministries, mission work and publications of Serge.
Josiah is originally from Birmingham, Alabama out of Briarwood PCA. Barbara comes from Jacksonville, Florida. They married in 1975. After graduating seminary at Reformed Theological in Jackson, MS, Josiah was ordained in 1981, and they began planting churches in Louisiana and Alabama.
Entering Serge in 1992 Josiah was a team leader in Ireland leading Hope Fellowship in Dublin and training new Irish leadership. In 1996 Josiah and Barbara returned to Philadelphia as interim US Director to lead the office. During this time, Josiah was active as a speaker for The Sonship Course, and helped to train church planters and missionaries in various countries.
Returning to Ireland in 2000, Josiah and Barbara led several Irish teams, helped with new works and training local leaders and churches. Josiah also oversaw the work of many Serge teams as an Overseas Director and worked in renewal conferences and church leadership training in many countries.
As co-pastor of Grace Community Church Josiah helped pioneer a ‘one church – multiple congregation’ model of church development including new pastors and congregations under the leadership at Grace.
Josiah and Barbara returned to Serge for Josiah to work as the Director of Mission working with the Field Directors to oversee Serge missionaries and the mission’s ministry through the Gospel Resource Network. Both Josiah and Barbara look to God’s grace to unfold how their practical experience in pastoral partnerships, supporting leaders and marriages, training new pastors, preaching and pioneering new ministries will best serve in Serge.