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Joel grew up in rural western Kansas, literally 100 miles north of Dorothy’s house (from the Wizard of OZ) and loves to cheer on the Kansas Jayhawks Basketball team. He received his undergraduate degree in voice performance in Indiana at Anderson University and attended seminary at Anderson School of Theology. He continues to take graduate courses at Claremont School of Theology.
Joel has served as a pastor for over 17 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 national trainer for the Godly Play Foundation.
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 young daughters, Anna 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.