Joel lives in Guelph, Ontario, and is married to the lovely and detail-savvy Christie. She's still his favourite person. They have young adult children and an extroverted Tibetan Terrier. Joel loves time with family and friends, inspiring people to follow Jesus, playing squash & golf, tackling projects, and composing or playing music. He also enjoys fresh-roasted coffee, travel, and art. He received his Bachelors degree (B.Th. 1994) from Emmanuel Bible College, and has taken courses at Regent College, Harvard Kennedy School, and Jerusalem University College. After serving as a pastor with Royal City Church (EMC) in Guelph for nearly 11 years, Joel joined the EMCC National Team. His first assignment was as a Regional Minister, coaching leaders and churches in Canada, which he undertook for almost 13 years. Since August 2017, Joel has served as the Interim Director of World Partners for EMCC, providing oversight to the amazing work of our World Partners team, our Relief and Development efforts, and our international partnerships, as we support and invite people around the world to discover the Way of Jesus, create change for suffering people, secure food and eduction, and value every person.