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Joel Knecht

Joel Knecht

Assistant Director of Area56

I have worked for Black Rock Students Ministries since the summer of 2006.  I began and continue as Director of Junior High Summer Adventure, a summer camp for 7th-10th Graders that meets at Black Rock.  In the fall of 2010, I took the reins of Area 56, the 5th and 6th grade ministry that meets on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.  I worked with the rest of the Student Ministry team to create a curriculum that transitions students into the student ministries and helps these students to move into making their own choices regarding their faith and relationship with God. 

Professionally, I also work as a full-time as music teacher, teaching band, chorus, guitar, music theory and music history.  I have worked in Waterbury, CT since 2010, and have been a featured presenter at various NAfME events and was featured in the August edition of Teaching Music magazine for my work in the area of music composition.

I live in Monroe with my wife, Kimya, and 4 children, Elijah (2007), Grant (2009), Silas (2012), and Lynnea (2014).  I am a self-professed board game geek, with a rather large collection of obscure and unique games.  I love roller coasters, the New York Yankees, composing original music, binge watching true crime TV shows and being a handyman around the house (although he is best at starting projects, not finishing them).