Pastor Joel is a native of the Puget Sound area and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in cellular and molecular biology, while living in Bellevue. After graduating with his undergraduate degree he received a M.B.A. in technology and innovation management from Pacific Lutheran University. Shortly thereafter he began working at Microsoft Corp.
It was while he was working at Microsoft and raising a young family with his wife Christelle that someone brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to him. For the first time in his life he was confronted with his sin and the truth of the eternal consequences that he would face. He accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and God has been transforming his life ever since.
God called Pastor Joel to pastor and to preach and so he attended bible college and studied under his pastor at Foundation Baptist Church in Sammamish. It was at this time that God laid a burden on his heart for the people of Bellevue, to establish a new Baptist Church to reach his friends, colleagues, and neighbors.
Pastor Joel lives in Bellevue with his wife Christelle and six children. He loves backpacking, the Pacific Northwest outdoors, technology, and coffee. Maybe you are looking for a church. Maybe you have never been to church. Either way, Pastor Joel would love to sit down with you over coffee at a local coffee shop and get to know you.
He can be reached at any time by phone or email. No really, shoot him an email and grab some coffee.