JOSEPH WHITE // Assistant pastor

I am 41 years young and happily married to Trisha, an MK (Missionary Kid) from Brazil.  We are blessed with three life-changing daughters who still live at home, and we have a dog and two cats. The White House is a wonderful place to be—never a dull moment. My family has lived in VA for 10 generations, and 8 of those have been right here in Southside VA (Pittsylvania County/Danville City).  I currently live on the same street and in the same house that I grew up in, and that my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents all lived in as well—lots of memories! I was blessed to be part of the county, city, and private school systems here in Southside.  After attending Danville Community College for 1 year, I transferred to Liberty University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion. I have had hourly, salary, straight commission and by-the-project jobs in the area.  I have worked 9-5, 7 days a week, 3rd shift, and the dreaded swing shift.  Among other places, I have worked at Dan River Cotton Factory, Offray Ribbon Factory, at Commonwealth and Professional Pharmacies, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and most recently at Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda.  Along with volunteering with several non-profits, I have also served in various capacities with several different churches representing several different denominations.  Currently I am serving on Staff at New Life Community Church. Finally, my life was greatly impacted when I partnered with an International Interdenominational Prison Ministry called Kairos which ministers at Green Rock Correctional Facility in Chatham, VA. Suffice it to say, Southside is Home for me—in every sense of the word. I love it here and plan to invest the rest of my life seeing as much of heaven come to earth in Southside as I possibly can.

Who is the most influential person in your life?  Jesus – and on the purely human side it is impossible for me to provide an answer. God has used so many people to influence me at different times and in different ways throughout my life.

What inspires you? Creativity

What do you like to do apart from ministry? Watch the History Channel

One item on your bucket list: Take Trisha wherever she wants to go

Little known fact about you: My middle, ring and pinky fingers are not able to touch on my right hand.

Other than the Bible, your favorite book is…?  Impossible to answer  . . . my favorite book list is a mile long

What’s on your iPod/iPhone/Android device? I prefer to watch music video’s through Youtube

What is your favorite date restaurant? Whichever restaurant Trisha is willing to go to

On a more regular basis, you order WHAT when you go WHERE? Chicken when I go to Chick-fil-a

Guilty pleasure: Sweet Tea

Who do you root for? My 3 daughters

What preachers/writers (dead or alive) do you go out of your way to listen to or read? In no particular order: Bruce Wilkinson ; T.D. Jakes ; Mark Batterson ; Bill Hybels ; Steven Furtick ; Andy Stanley ; John Maxwell ; Steve Kelly ; Brian Houston ; Wayne Cordeiro ; Mike Bonem ; Marcus Buckingham ; Bill Johnson; Max Lucado; Joel Osteen ; Sarah Young ;  The list goes on. Side Note: Some I only like to listen to ~ some I only like to read and some I like both.