About Joel

The Basic Bio

Joel Mayward is a pastor, writer, theologian, youth worker 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 the Journal of Religion & Film, Christianity Today, Think Christian, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Christ and Pop Culture, Reel Spirituality, Youth Worker Journal, and Immerse Journal. He is doing PhD research on the intersection of film, theology, and ethics at the University of St Andrews. He has been serving in professional pastoral ministry since 2006. For his film reviews and essays, check out www.cinemayward.com. Follow Joel on Twitter: @joelmayward.

The Bigger Picture

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

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

Hispanic.

Adopted.


PhD candidate at the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts of the Divinity school at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Graduate of Multnomah University (BS, Biblical Studies, Youth Ministry) and Portland Seminary (MA, Theological Studies).

More than anything, I'm just trying to follow Jesus well.

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