Joel was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana as well as on the mission field of Peru and Haiti. After several years on the mission fields his family relocated to Northwest Arkansas where Joel met his wife Sarah. They married January 1996 and have three children, Hannah, Bethany, and Josiah.
Joel has been around ministry his entire life and has personally led worship and pastored since 1995 and ordained since 1999. In 2005 Joel and Sarah joined the church plant of Keypoint Church where they watched it grow into an influential church in Northwest Arkansas. During their time at Keypoint, Joel, served as worship pastor while, Sarah served as children's pastor. At the beginning of 2011 God began to stir Joel's heart and in September of 2011 the vision to plant Church at Hampton Roads was birthed. He is driven by one word, the word "others".