Josh Dotzler and Abide: Transforming the community by bringing neighbors together


Creighton University alumnus and former Bluejay basketball standout Josh Dotzler, his wife, Jen, and their three children are at home in north Omaha, where Dotzler is the executive pastor for Bridge Church and CEO of Abide, an inner-city nonprofit founded by his parents, Ron and Twany Dotzler.
Josh was 2 years old in 1989 when his family sold their suburban Omaha home and took up what they thought was “temporary” residence in a former Immanuel Hospital boiler facility in north Omaha. At the time, Ron, a chemical engineer, and Twany were looking into missionary work overseas. But it turned out that north Omaha is where the Dotzlers found their calling.
“Many people have questioned and wondered why my parents would move our family to an area like north Omaha and work with a forgotten community,” said Dotzler, who graduated from Creighton in 2009 with a degree in public relations. “The simple explanation is they have lived out what they’ve communicated: The most dangerous place to live is outside the center of God’s will.”

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