“What’s Your Name”, ak.a. The “Jesus Guy”, has been seen routinely over the past year in various parts of eastern Schuylkill County. He is known by most as the barefoot Jesus Guy.
Even though he wasn’t offended when called “Jesus Guy”, he stressed that he doesn’t want to be called “Jesus”. When asked what his name was, he said to simply call him “What’s Your Name”, after a quote in the Old Testament in which Moses stood in front of a burning bush and asked God, “What’s your name?”
His real name is Carl James Joseph, originally from Detroit, Michigan.
What’s Your Name said he spent the last 24 years spreading the word of God, pointing out that he spent 1999-2003 “walking in the footsteps of Jesus in the Holy Land” (the area between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea). Last year, he said he participated in the Feast of Holy Pentecost at Mount Zion in Jerusalem. He continued, saying he has visited 20 countries and 47 states.
When asked why he walks barefoot, he said, “I live and walk the way Jesus did.”
He said he doesn’t ask for donations and doesn’t except monetary donations, saying that Jesus will provide what he needs. He added that he routinely sleeps outside.
When asked his purpose, he replied, “I spread traditional Christianity around the world. I simply follow Jesus and help others.”
Click HERE to view a documentary website created about his journeys. The website states that ‘The Jesus Guy’ captured media attention from 20/20, Time magazine and Wall Street Journal.
Click HERE to view related YouTube videos.
Click HERE to view more search information about “The Jesus Guy”.
His last documented visits to Tamaqua were:
– June 16, 2014 (story),
– June 24, 2009,
– January 27, 2009.
Below are TamaquaArea.com photos from last year’s visit, as well as a visit in 2009.
Below are TamaquaArea.com photos from his June 16, 2014 visit to Tamaqua: