Hello! I’m Josh Gander, the founder of Elevated Faith. Our team is on a mission to share purpose, hope, and love to a lost world. Here is my story.
Back in January of 2015, just weeks after dropping out of college during my sophomore year, a marketing venture of mine collapsed, and I found myself in a tough place. The business I’d put countless hours of my time and effort into had failed, and I had no idea what to do next. I realized that I was chasing the wrong things over the past couple years in business and my personal life, and I needed to make a change.
All my life, I knew my purpose was to influence people in a positive way, and share truth with others. My faith in God was what I valued most, and I wanted desperately for all the world to hear about what He has done for them. But I didn’t know how, or what my role in His plan would be.
It was during that valley in 2015 that God put it on my heart to start another business. This time, it wasn’t just another old startup of mine. When He asked me to point others to Him through it, it finally all clicked. I immediately got to work.
I have struggled in sharing my faith at times, and I had the idea of creating jewelry and apparel that would open doors to easily sharing my faith with others. I knew that it wasn’t just me that struggled with this, so I had no doubt that this could help many people.
Late into the night, I found myself designing stone bracelets with unique meanings and themes. I dug through my Bible, finding my favorite verses to match each style.
I realized that something as simple as stone bracelets could serve as amazing tools for sharing our faith in God with others. When someone asks about a bracelet we’re wearing, we have an incredible opportunity to explain what it means to us and what the purpose of it is. A simple "hey I like your bracelet" could turn into a life-changing experience for that person.
Just a few weeks later, Elevated Faith was born and I sold my first bracelets online. The night I launched the online store in August of 2015, I sold over 50 bracelets. After that very first day, I had confirmation that I made the right decision, and that this was something I needed to keep pursuing.
The name Elevated Faith represents how we, as Christians, are never done growing. We will never be perfect, and every single day, we must work hard to grow in our relationship with our Creator. The bracelets (and now, apparel, rings & more) serve as a daily reminder to constantly strive to elevate our faith—to take our relationship with God to the next level and to share our faith with others.
Now, a few years later, Elevated Faith has seen immense growth, and I’m in awe of everything God is doing through this company year after year. Everything that you are are impacted by through Elevated Faith, is a direct result of God being faithful and showing His power through something as simple as apparel and jewelry.
Today, my wife Mia and I reside in Chattanooga, TN, where we live with our two amazing puppies, Beaver and Maui.
It’s unbelievable to think that tens of thousands of people wear Elevated Faith jewelry and apparel all over the globe. That means that every single day, the Word is being shared with people who have may otherwise never have been exposed to it.
We have built an amazing community together, and I’m so grateful for your support. I couldn’t be more excited to watch this seed continue to grow alongside every one of you. We wouldn’t be here without all of YOU!
At Elevated Faith, we believe in the power and importance of true faith. Without demonstrating faith and trust in God, we have no place with Him. God will increase our faith if we fervently ask and draw close to Him.
Elevated Faith is a community that shares inspiration, guidance, hope, peace, and most importantly the truth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our first and foremost goal is and has always been to bring more people to know our Creator. We’ve decided to give at least 10% of our net profits to grow the Kingdom through The Faith Project.
Specifically, we work with various churches, organizations, missionaries, orphanages, and more. We carefully handpick organizations and individuals that are reputable, generous, and do everything they do in the name of Jesus, so you can be sure that your money is going to be used with heavenly purpose.
The Faith Project is a nonprofit organization, and 100% of your donations outside of placing an order from Elevated Faith will go directly to one of the categories of your choosing. Whether that be supplying new Bibles for villages in need, funding translations of the Bible in languages that have not been reached with the Word of Christ, funding missionaries to plant churches in nations of need, or funding orphanages for kids to have enough food and water, a safe place to live, and a place to learn about Jesus.
“And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” -Mark 11:22-24