Joel grew up in Texas. He attended East Texas Baptist University where he met and married his wife Amanda. Joel received a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science and Religion. They have three children Brian, Sara and Jace. Joel was the youth pastor at EBC from 2000-2008, and resumed his service at EBC in 2012 after serving in New Zealand for four years. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, snowboarding and riding his motorcycle.