Joel grew up in Ecuador and moved to the United States in 2006 to help his dad plant a Spanish church in Maryland. After working with Latino teens disengaged from the traditional Spanish service, God gave him a passion to reach 2nd generation Latinos.
In 2008, Joel joined the Launch Team of Centerpoint Church in Annapolis. While at Centerpoint, he served as a Worship Leader, Lifegroup Leader and eventually came on staff as an Associate Minister. Currently, Joel is completing an 11-month Church Planter Residency at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, Virginia, until July 2016.
It was at Centerpoint that Joel and Meghan met, served together, became close friends, started dating, and began dreaming of planting a church. After getting married in July 2014, they began their church planting journey and moved to Columbia Heights in June 2015.
Joel is an avid coffee drinker, a podcast junkie, and a passionate soccer fan, go Barça! Meghan is a math coach at Ross Elementary School, a public school in Dupont Circle, not far from Columbia Heights. We spend our free time going on adventures together, exploring DC, and dreaming of what God will do in our city.
HEAR JOEL PREACH
Joel is often blessed with the opportunity to preach at area churches. You can watch or listen to some of his most recent sermons.
Focus on Purpose
New Life Christian Church, Chantilly, VA
January 10, 2016
What do we focus on in life if we don’t have a purpose? What are we striving for? Joel shares a special message of purpose and joy.
God With Us: On what do you rest this trust of yours?
Downtown Hope, Annapolis, MD
November 22, 2015