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. During his years there, he met his better half, Ellen. 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 hanging out with the youth, playing strategy computer/board games, and riding his motorcycle. Joel has been working with the youth for over 10 years.