To create and provide an environment where youth feel comfortable, allow them to be who God created them to be and open their hearts to what God has in store for them. We want to walk along students as they discover, develop and own their faith; experience God’s grace; and engage the community to share God’s love through study, service, and experiences.
WHAT ARE WE ALL ABOUT?
Everything we do is about making disciples of Jesus Christ. In order to do that we are:
Gospel Focused -No matter how we teach the Bible, or what we are teaching, it must be taught through the lens of the Gospel. When we make our Bible teaching too much about cultural relevance or entertainment, we fail students. The good news of God’s rescue plan for humanity, as fulfilled in Christ, must be the foundation of our teaching.
Relationally Centered - as opposed to program, or event centered. Think about the relationships Jesus formed with His disciples. Life was shared. It wasn’t Jesus merely dumping information on His followers. There was real relationship. Jesus and His disciples shared life together.
Community Oriented - Healthy discipleship is relationally centered but fully embraces the gift of community.
Outward Reaching- Creating opportunities for our students to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ and to serve outside of the walls of the church.
Multiplication Empowering- It is pretty simple if we are doing discipleship the right way students will begin to desire to draw other people in.
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.
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 2006.