Joel has been in ministry for 24 years, 19 of which have been with Child Evangelism Fellowship. He has filled various roles including local director for CEF of Stanislaus County, state director for CEF of South Dakota (2000-2011), youth pastor for a small country church in Turlock (2012-2016), and is now the local director for CEF Central Valley North. He loves to hike, bike, camp, read, and play the guitar. He and his wife Nadya have been married for 25 years and have ministered together their entire married life. They have two daughters, Sydney (23) and Rebekka (21), and currently live in Merced, CA.