Who We Are


A Message from Josh Triestman, CEO

In 2010, by the divine hand of God, I became the youth pastor at Lehigh Baptist Church in Northeast Philadelphia. Within three short years, the youth group more than tripled in size, and yet maintained a family like atmosphere filled with love and encouragement, while edifying and building each other. We focused on helping students think outside themselves, showing them God’s love and how the Word of God is relevant to their world.
These students live in an evil, dangerous world, and each day they face battles and temptations unlike any generation before them. The Word of God tells us these battles are not against flesh and blood but against the powers of darkness; they are against the evil spiritual forces of the heavenly realms. So we created a place where these young people can come weekly into this environment that not only encourages them, it also teaches them how to encourage others and how to get strengthened by receiving the inspiration needed to face another week. This is how HQ was born.