Pastor Joel and his wife, Kelly, moved to Santa Maria in January 2002 to join the ministry of First Baptist Church. Joel grew up in a pastor’s home in Wisconsin and attended Maranatha Baptist Bible College where he graduated in 2001. He served as children’s pastor before becoming senior pastor in April 2016. He is blessed daily in his ministry as Pastor at First Baptist. He and Kelly have five children, Lindsay, Matthew, Katelyn, Samuel, and Natalie.