Pastor Joel is a 2007 graduate of Liberty University. He graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies but initially felt the Lord calling him into youth ministry. After marrying Mandy in 2008 they packed up what little they had and moved to Twin Falls, Idaho where Joel served as Director of Student Ministries at the First Baptist Church. Towards the end of 2012 while at a leadership conference he felt the Lord stirring his heart towards the pastorate. In March of 2013 Joel, Mandy and their son Elijah packed up and headed back across the country to their hometown of Sparta for Joel to answer the call to Pastor at Grace Community Church. In September 2015 they welcomed their second son, Judah.