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Joshua HershbergerThough he began his law firm just months ago, PCC Political Science graduate Joshua Hershberger (’08) has an expansive repertoire of success. Balancing his time as partner of Castor & Hershberger, P.C.; director of Project in Law, Liberty, and Religion; and assistant minister of Cornerstone Baptist Church, he devotes his career to defending religious rights and giving citizens a voice.

In his practice, Josh focuses on non-profit compliance and first amendment law. His most recent efforts to defend first amendment law involved leading the compliance efforts for evangelistic ministries attending the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. Interpreting the city-county code, he secured the right for ministries to share the gospel at a public event, persuading so effectively that those ministering even received police protection at the game.

This defense pitted him against seasoned attorneys. “I have to negotiate with government entities and other attorneys twenty to thirty years my senior,” he said. “Pensacola Christian College provided the perfect education for my interesting calling.”

That “interesting calling” involves being an innovator.

“So far, God has called me to start things,” Josh said. “Sometimes this gets tiresome, but it has also put me face to face against some of the toughest cultural/spiritual questions of our day.”

Josh is currently launching a non-profit called Project in Law, Liberty, and Religion through which he can subsidize some of his traveling and pro bono legal activities. Teaming with another attorney, he gained a grant from the Alliance Defense Fund to pursue the IRS and stop the political prohibition against pastors speaking out on politics, an action that shows his passion to fight for the religious freedoms of the next generation.

“I am beginning to line up speaking engagements at churches concerning the culture war and what the Scripture says about political involvement,” he said. Now at the onset of his thriving career, Josh attributes much of his success to the foundational training he received at PCC.

“I greatly appreciate the variety of skills I learned and the depth of the instruction I received while in college. PCC gave me a great breadth of knowledge in my field, along with the grammar, persuasive writing, and speech skills that have been critical to the success of my legal career.”

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Published: 7/6/2012