Joel has worked for Black Rock Students Ministries since the summer of 2006. He began and continues as Director of Junior High Summer Adventure, a summer camp for 7th-10th Graders that meets at Black Rock. In the fall of 2010, Joel took the reins of Area 56, the 5th and 6th grade ministry that meets on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Joel 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, Joel also works as a full-time as music teacher, teaching band, chorus, guitar, music theory and music history. He has worked in Waterbury, CT since 2010, and has been a featured presenter at various NAfME events and was featured in the August edition of Teaching Music magazine for his work in the area of music composition.
Joel lives in Monroe with his wife, Kimya, and 4 children, Elijah (2007), Grant (2009), Silas (2012), and Lynnea (2014). Joel is a self-professed board game geek, with a rather large collection of obscure and unique games. He loves 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).