DIRECTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRIES
Joel was born in Dallas, Texas, but has spent most of his life in the greater Houston area. He was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church and has been involved in the life of a United Methodist church his whole life. Joel got his start in professional youth ministry in 2012, but has been involved with youth ministry as a volunteer since 2008. He is passionate about building meaningful relationships and sharing the Gospel with students. Joel also has been leading worship for churches, camps, and events since 2009.
Joel completed a certification program in 2019 through Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and is 1 of 3 youth ministers in the North Texas Conference to be certified in United Methodist Youth Ministry
Joel is married to his beautiful wife Lauren and they have 2 dogs Penny and Nala. His hobbies include traveling, hiking, playing sports, video games and board games. Joel is an identical twin and is the youngest of three boys by one minute. He has the two most fun nephews an uncle could ask for, Ben and Owen, and loves spending time with them.