About Joshua

Joshua DuBois is one of our country’s leading voices on community partnerships, religion in the public square and issues impacting African Americans. Joshua led the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in President Obama’s first term and was called the President’s “Pastor-in-Chief” by TIME Magazine. He spearheaded the White House’s work on responsible fatherhood, grassroots community partnerships and religion in foreign affairs, and brought together community and religious leaders from across the ideological spectrum to tackle the nation’s biggest challenges.  Joshua is the author of the bestselling book, The President’s Devotional: The Daily Readings that Inspired President Obamaa compilation of the devotional meditations he shared with the President and narratives of faith in public life.

Joshua now leads a consulting firm, Values Partnerships, that creates community and faith-based partnerships for the public, private and non-profit sectors. Joshua is a frequent media commentator and his work with faith-based organizations has been profiled in The New York TimesThe Washington PostABC News’ This Week, PBS NewshourCNN and elsewhere.  Joshua has been named to “The Root 100” and Ebony Magazine‘s  “Power 150” list of the most influential African Americans in the country. He has authored four cover stories for Newsweek magazine, including a seminal piece entitled “The Fight for Black Men” which historian Taylor Branch called “stunning.”

Joshua received his Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and his Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University. A former associate pastor at a small Pentecostal church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Joshua originally hails from Nashville, Tennessee. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Michelle and son, August.

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BBC World Service: Trump and the Evangelical Vote

Jane Little speaks to four leading evangelical leaders about how they define evangelical Christianity, their hopes and misgivings for the Trump presidency, what role Christian teachings will now play in shaping the country and whether we are in a new era for the religious right in the United States.

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The Washington Post: Obama spiritual adviser offers biblical word for Trump

Joshua DuBois led President Obama’s faith-based initiative in the White House during the president’s first term and was his longtime spiritual adviser. He now leads a consulting company, Values Partnerships, that works with foundations, nonprofit groups and private corporations to build faith and community partnerships for the common good. We asked him what advice he would give President-elect Donald Trump.

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I’m passionate about creating partnerships that solve problems. My consulting firm, Values Partnerships, helps nonprofits, foundations and private companies partner with grassroots leaders – faith-based and secular – to meet organizational goals and solve big challenges. 

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The President's Devotional

The President’s Devotional lets you start each day with the words that have inspired President Barack Obama, collected by Joshua DuBois, President Obama’s “Pastor-in-Chief” (Time magazine)—his spiritual advisor who also served as the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Every day, DuBois provided President Obama with a morning devotional weaving together scripture, song, prayer, and reflections, motivated by the spirit of God and infused with joyful flair. The President’s Devotional contains the best of these devotionals, daily spiritual guidance that offer peace, comfort, and inspiration throughout the entire year.

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