Pastor Joel and his wife Melanie moved to Glasgow and began serving at the church in 2000. In 1997 he graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in business management with a concentration on marketing. After working a few years in the business world, Pastor Joel submitted to God’s call on his life to be a minister of the Gospel. He then attended Welch College. While there he received the call to move to the First Free Will Baptist Church in Glasgow. Along with his pastoral duties, Pastor Joel is the Promotional Secretary for the state of Kentucky and also serves with Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail as the Kentucky West division director. He and his wife Melanie have two children, Jonathan and Makayla.