About Joel


The Basics

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 JournalYouthWorker 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.


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

I love moviesyouth ministryleadership, theology, culture, and writing.

I drive a 1974 VW Super Beetle affectionately named "Jim."

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

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