About Joel

The Basic Bio

Joel Mayward is a pastor-theologian and film critic. The author of three books, including "Jesus Goes to the Movies: The Youth Ministry Film Guide," he has written about film and theology for Christianity Today, Think Christian, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Christ and Pop Culture, Reel Spirituality, Youth Worker Journal, and Immerse Journal. He's also been published in the peer-reviewed journals, Theology, Journal of Youth and Theology, and Journal of Religion & FilmHe is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) at the University of St Andrews, where he also serves as Associate Editor for ITIA's online journal, Transpositions. He has been serving in professional pastoral ministry since 2006 in churches in Oregon, Arizona, and British Columbia. A member of the Online Film Critics Society and INTERFILM, Joel's film reviews and essays are at www.cinemayward.com. Follow Joel on Twitter: @joelmayward.

The Bigger Picture

Raised in Tacoma, WA. Lived and served as a pastor in Oregon, Arizona, and British Columbia. Currently lives in St Andrews, Fife, UK.

Husband to Katie. Father to Copeland, Eloise, and Alister.



PhD candidate at the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts of the Divinity School of the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Graduate of Multnomah University (BS, Biblical Studies, Youth Ministry) and Portland Seminary (MA, Theological Studies). Member of the American Academy of Religion, the Online Film Critics Society, and INTERFILM.

JoelMayward.com is a blog which began in 2007 as a personal site for friends and family, and has evolved into a blog about moviesyouth ministryleadership, theology, culture, and writing.

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