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.

In 2021 Brad Zachritz, Shift’s founding pastor, stepped down to help lead his family. In September of 2021 Joe moved into the lead role to continue the dream and legacy of Shift Church.  Joe is incredibly passionate about creating a space for the rest of us to wrestle with faith and culture.


Book: Harry Potter Series
Food: Steak (medium)
TV Show: The Office
Snack Food: Ambrosia apples & Pepperjack cheese
Movie: Comedy: Ghostbuster Franchise: MCU
Musical Artists: Dave Matthews Band & Metallica
Time of Day: 9:43 AM
Place in the World: The Beach
Place to Pray: Anywhere
Recreational Activities/Hobbies: weight lifting, reading, thrift store shopping w/ my wife, video games with the kids
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: 4:10 am (The time I had to wake up every morning when I was the head trainer for a gym. HATE it!)


Life Motto: Don’t waste good bacon.
Three People I’d Like to Meet: Jesus (Duh), Winston Churchill, Apostle Paul
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