Joel was born in Columbus, Ohio. Feeling called into full-time ministry at a young age, he later went on to receive his Bachelors of Arts from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. and met his wife, Ellen there. They now have two beautiful girls, Eliana and Johanna. Both Joel and Ellen have a passion for disciple-making and seeing young people become equipped to build up God's church. Joel loves playing strategy computer/board games, and riding his motorcycle. Joel has been working with the youth for over 10 years.