About Joel

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The Basic Bio

Joel Mayward is a pastor, writer, 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 for the Journal of Religion & Film, Christianity Today, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Christ and Pop Culture, Reel Spirituality, Youth Worker Journal, and Immerse Journal. Joel has been serving in pastoral ministry since 2006 and lives with his wife and three children in the beautiful green-and-grey of the Pacific Northwest. 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 Vancouver, WA.

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


Graduate of Multnomah University (B.S. Bible/Theology, Youth Ministry).
Currently a student at George Fox Evangelical Seminary (M.A. in Theological Studies).

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

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