Joel grew up in rural western Kansas, literally 100 miles north of Dorothy’s house (from the Wizard of OZ). He received his undergraduate degree in voice performance in Indiana at Anderson University and received his seminary degree at Anderson School of Theology. He has also completed course work at Claremont School of Theology and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Joel has served as a pastor for over 25 years in Ohio, Indiana, California, and now Arizona. Mentoring and nurturing others to discover their fullest God given potential is a passion of Joel’s. He finds being a pastor as means to help others discover how they can be and do incredible things in the Kingdom of God.
He also serves as an ambassador for Group Publishing and is a licensed trainer for the Godly Play Foundation.
Joel loves to learn and discover the possibilities of God’s beautiful Creation. During Covid, Joel had the opportunity to become a Master Gardener with the Maricopa County Extension of the University of Arizona. The study and care of plant life has become a primary spiritual practice for Joel.
For fun, Joel loves to hike Arizona trails, visit the beach, and explore city life. He can be found regularly at a local coffee shop having a conversation with friends and meeting new people. The joy of his life is his two children, Alice and Heidi. Together, they love to play and discover all of God’s creation, and find humor in the littlest things, especially in Arizona and anywhere near the ocean.
Pastor Joel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org