Joe grew up in Missouri outside St. Louis. He is an alum of Ozark Christian College where he studied youth ministry. He and his wife Tori met at OCC and married in Columbia, MO in 2000. They have 2 children, Jenna and Brock. Joe and Tori have served at 4 churches and have been in leadership for almost 20 years. They moved to Gainesville in 2013 to lead another local church. God gave Joe a deep passion for the city of Gainesville and took on a full time role with Shift Church in 2018 as the Family Pastor.

Joe is passionate about partnering with families to lead their children into meaningful relationships with Jesus.


Book: Harry Potter Series
Food: Sandwiches
TV Show: The Office
Snack Food: Cheese and crackers
Movie: Star Wars (NOT the prequels!)
Musical Artists: Dave Matthews Band
Time of Day: 9:43 AM
Place in the World: The Beach
Place to Pray: During my morning runs
Recreational Activities/Hobbies: Fishing, running, video games, swimming
Verses from the Bible: 1 Corinthians 15:58
Sport: Football!!!!


Food: Pickled beets
Snack Food: Never met a snack I didn’t like
Place in the World: The Mall (any mall)
Time of Day: 6:30 AM


Life Motto: Don’t waste good bacon.
Three People I’d Like to Meet: Jesus (Duh), Winston Churchill, General George Washington
My Hero: My Parents
Most People Don’t Know This About Me: My first name is actually Steven.
One of My Greatest Experiences with God: Seeing my children experience Him!

"Dr Ray Stantz : Where do these stairs go? Dr. Peter Venkman : They go up."

− Ghostbusters