Family: Pastor Joe and his wife Kim have been married since November 6, 1993 and they have two adult children, Leslie (married to Josh) and Brian (married to Rachel). Joe and Kim are the proud grandparents of three grandchildren, Samuel, Silas, and Charlotte. Josh and Leslie along with the grand children live in Pasadena California while Brian and Rachel live in Grand Rapids Michigan. Joe and Kim are very thankful for facetime as you can imagine.
Education: Pastor Joe went to Grand Valley State University receiving both his Bachelor of social work in 2010, as well as his Masters in social work in 2012. In 2017 he graduated from The Master’s Seminary with his Master of Divinity (MDIV).
Career: Pastor Joe and Kim came to Faith Baptist in 2021 from Maranatha Bible Church in Comstock Park, MI, (near Grand Rapids). Joe served at Maranatha for four years as the Pastor of Outreach and Family Ministries. He was brought on staff at Faith in October of 2021 as Pastor Dave’s Assistant Pastor.
Favorite Books: The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur, Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp, 2000 Years of Christ’s Power by Nicholas Needham (all 4 volumes), The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter, Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R. Tolkien.
Favorite Food: Anything Mexican, chocolate cake with raspberry filling, coffee, coffee, coffee!!
Hobbies: Ridding his bike, going to the beach, going fishing with his wife and enjoying the weather. Hiking (moderate trails) and spending time with friends and family cooking out and talking.
Testimony: Pastor Joe was 25 years old the first time he remembers ever hearing a clear presentation of the gospel. While stationed in Germany in the Air Force, his brother (Tim) who was living back in Michigan, came to know Christ. Tim began to call Pastor Joe and share the gospel with him. After several weeks of this and a trip back to Michigan on vacation, Pastor Joe was convicted of his sin. He repented and placed his faith in Christ and Christ alone for salvation. From that point forward he began reading his Bible and attending a small Baptist Church in Germany. He knew he was called to the ministry as a Pastor early on, but the Lord did not bring it about for many years after his conversion.
Favorite Books of Bible: It is hard to pick any favorites, however the book of James was instrumental in Pastor Joe’s early Christian walk. He also loves Genesis, Mark, Romans, and 1 & 2 Samuel.
Favorite Passages: Romans 1:16 – 17, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Ephesians 2:1-5