Serving in full-time ministry for over 17 years, Joe has a passion for God’s people and seeing His Kingdom come on earth, as it is in Heaven. This passion led him on staff with New Life’s Campus Congregation (nlcf) in 1995, being only the 2nd ever full-time staff person at a fast growing student church. Through on-the-job training, studies, classes, and mentoring from the founding pastor, Joe was ordained in 2001. Soon after starting their family, Joe and Lisa sensed God’s call on their life to go and help lead a church planting team from [nlcf] to Los Angeles in 2002. They helped start 3 neighborhood churches while living in LA. During this time (how can you ever sum it up?) their hearts were burdened for the poor, the rejected, the addicted, the lonely, the outcast….and both have been wholly changed by the experience. Seeing the gospel at work in a city such as Los Angeles has even moreso deepened their love for Christ and desire to live out their own calling in the life set before them. Joe and Lisa have been married for 12 years and have 4 crazy awesome kids. They returned to New Life in 2009 to oversee the new downtown community, which was started out of the campus congregation to serve the growing number of families, grad students, and young professionals in the church.