Joel received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Samford University, where he met his wife, Holly. They have been members of Briarwood Presbyterian for over 30 years, serving 18 of those years on the staff of the original Campus Outreach ministry. Joel’s roles included Administrator, Missionary Team Leader in Japan and Director of the Campus Outreach International Network. In 2006, Joel became the first full-time director of Special Connections, Briarwood’s special needs ministry. In 2011, Joel accepted a call to join the staff of MNA Special Needs Ministries (now Engaging Disability) as Associate Director. Joel, Holly and their two grown children reside in Hoover, AL.