Lead Pastor Joel Kovacs is from Worthington, Ohio, where he grew up in a large family with six brothers and two sisters. After graduating from high school, Joel went to Word of Life Bible Institute. In 2003, he graduated from Grace College and Theological Seminary with a Youth Ministry Minor and a Biblical Studies Major. He received his Masters Degree in Christian Leadership from Liberty Theological Seminary in 2009. Joel and his wife Katie met when they were fourteen and were married after they both graduated from college in 2003. They live in New Albany, Ohio with their sons Kellen and Jett.