Joel approaches life through good theology and pop culture references. A San Jose native, he has attended East Valley his whole life and has served in the youth, children's, and music ministries. He has a passion for Biblical teaching and engaging in deep conversation, as well as tapping into creativity. He makes art, plays music, and has made some attempts at poetry. Joel has a heart for discipleship and desires to see God's church be more like Jesus through the work of the Holy Spirit.
When he's not at the church, Joel is teaching fourth graders, spending time with friends, or watching Netflix. He loves discovering new music and running so he can eat more donuts. On school breaks, he visits his family that is scattered around the United States and chases down nieces and nephews. He loves meeting new people and wants to hear your story, preferably over a cup of good coffee.