Joel is a pastor, writer, youth worker, and aspiring film critic. The author of two books, he has written for numerous ministry publications, including Leadership Journal, YouthWorker Journal, The Youth Cartel, and LeaderTreks. Joel has been serving in youth ministry since 2003 and lives with his wife and three children in the beautiful green-and-grey of the Pacific Northwest. You can read his musings on film, theology, culture, and leadership at his blog, www.joelmayward.com. Follow Joel on Twitter: @joelmayward.
The Bigger Picture
Raised in Tacoma, WA. Lived in Oregon, Arizona, and British Columbia. Currently lives near Portland, OR.
Husband to Katie. Father to Copeland and Eloise, the two cutest kids in all of human history. Awaiting the third of the cutest kids, coming Spring 2015.
Author of Leading Up: Finding Influence in the Church Beyond Role and Experience and A Parent's Guide to Understanding Sex and Dating: Beyond the Birds and the Bees. My third book, Jesus Goes to the Movies: The Youth Ministry Film Guide, will be released in late 2015.
More than anything, I'm just trying to follow Jesus well.