Former news anchor to lead Wausau church
For the Wausau Times
WAUSAU – Former Wausau news anchor, Josh Holland, will serve the Downtown Mission Church as lead pastor.
Holland succeeds Charlie Salamone who formed the church in Wausau in 2012. Salamone is moving on to form a church in another location.
Holland worked for News Channel 9 in Wausau for close to three years, as both a sports reporter and news anchor. He left the industry in 2018, and has since begun a masters degree at Reformed Theological Seminary, as well as holding various positions at the Downtown Mission Church.
He will fill the role of Downtown Mission Church’s lead pastor on an interim basis until July 2021, while the church begins the search for its next pastoral candidate.
“Five years ago, I thought God directed me to Wausau for a job,” Holland said. “As it turns out, he primarily directed me to a church family which has now offered me a job! How creative is God? I am excited to step into the role of Interim Lead Pastor at Downtown Mission Church while we pray about and determine who the next full-time pastor will be. God has used this church to dramatically alter my life, and my prayer is that he will guide our congregation to continue shaping and changing lives throughout Central Wisconsin.”
Holland’s first Sunday sermon as interim lead pastor was on July 5.
The “gospel-centered church” is located in the historic Fillmore Theater in downtown Wausau.