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Josh & Emily Tuckness
Josh & Emily
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Josh & Emily: TruNorth Co-Directors

Josh and Emily met in camping ministry leading trips together. Though working at Fort came as a surprise to them both, they share a deep love for camp and the ministry. In 2021 Josh came to Fort for the first time and joined Contract Staff (now called Apprentice Staff) as an RA for TruNorth. Emily joined him on Summer Staff the next summer. The Lord moved in both of their hearts to stay on as TruNorth directors, and in the Fall of 2022, they welcomed new students, got married, and moved to Rhinelander. They love teaching and the intentional life-on-life discipleship model that TruNorth offers.

Fast Facts

They enjoy leading worship together, especially with the help of the staff and TruNorth students.

Fort Firsts

Josh and Emily love canoeing and experiencing nature while on the river, but never had they canoed over 100 miles until going on the annual TruNorth trip with Katie Lutz as their fearless leader.


What passage of scripture is meaningful to your family? Jeremiah 29:11— “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Neither one of us has taken an orthodox career path but can easily trace how the Lord has prepared us for where we are today.

What is your favorite Fort memory?

Emily: Sitting at Labs fire pit worshipping with campers. Hearing them sing praises to Him and the joy that fills everyone’s hearts. Josh: My favorite Fort memory would have to be sailing on Spider Lake with my sister. As two novice sailors, we just about ran full speed into the swimming area but were lucky enough to turn in time without tipping over. Phew*

If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be and why?

Emily: If I were a kitchen utensil, I would be tongs. They are useful for almost anything you make in the kitchen and when I go camping, I’d rather have a set of tongs than any other cooking utensil.

Josh: A ukulele, because it doubles really well as a musical instrument.