About The Founder

Josh Phillips is a Christ-following, fiercely competitive coach and pastor. He is driven to inspire others to be the men and women God created them to be through finding their identities in Christ and putting their complete trust in Him. Josh is a former NFL football player, multiple-time CrossFit Regional competitor, drafted GRID League Athlete, and USA Weightlifting competitor. He graduated from Yale, where he majored in Psychology, minored in Religious Philosophy, ran track, and played football. He holds two masters’ degrees: a Master’s in Business Administration from Wagner College and a Master’s in Kinesiology Biomechanics from Cal State, Northridge. Josh’s research, “Effect of Ankle Joint Contact Angle and Ground Contact Time on Depth Jump Performance,” was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.


He has coached at the University of California Berkeley, University of California Santa Barbara, Wagner College, Los Angeles Pierce College, the Peak Performance Project (P3), and multiple high schools. He is currently the head football coach at Sarasota High School and assistant coaches weightlifting while teaching in the Physical Education Department. Josh has authored “It’s My Time: Learning How to Let God Write Your Story” a memoir revealing Christ’s sovereign hand in his life that encourages the reader to see God’s faithfulness.


He is also the founder of Faith Forge, a ministry dedicated to leading others to forge inner strength and courageous character through the refining fire of the Holy Spirit, while equipping them in Jesus Christ for spiritual battle. Josh is a speaker and relishes the opportunity to share the testimony of what God has done in his life. He calls sunny Sarasota, Florida, home, where he enjoys working out, bowling, beach escapes, and golden lattes with his beautiful, godly wife, Traci, and their cats.

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