What do you need to know about Pastor Joe? Let’s start with the past. Joe has almost 20 years of ministry experience. This includes working with children, youth, young adults, and adults. He served in urban, suburban, and rural settings, including both Black and White congregations. He also served as a guest professor at a South African seminary. Others mark his strengths in both preaching and teaching. That said, in December 2010, Joe’s personal life derailed what, at the time, appeared to some as a larger-than-life ministry career.
That tragedy and brokenness served as a catalyst for discovering play. In time, Joe was able to identify both an attachment disorder and childhood abuses that left him in a constant state of seeking to numb the pain of being alive through performance and addiction. While Joe hasn’t arrived, he’s committed to the journey of recovery. As part of this journey, Joe earned his Doctor of Ministry degrees from Portland Seminary in 2016.
About Joe Today
Today, Joe’s journey towards health dramatically shapes his approach to faith and life. Because of the spiritual abuse in his own story, Joe passionately challenges shame-manipulating theologies that present a false image of Jesus. The resultant theological transformation and personal reformation birthed his heart’s desire to see the subversive Church he reads about in the Bible manifest itself in the lives of Christian’s today. More often than not, this leaves him at odds with much of popular Christianity (ie post-Evangelical and a pastor without a congregation).
Joe’s Family Life
More personally, Joe married Kiana in August of 2012. They have one son, Robbie, from Joe’s first marriage. Joe sees Kiana as a gift from above who not only provides a tangible framework for God’s love but is the prophetic voice in his life that was necessary if he was ever going to leave the darkness of addiction.
Robbie lights up Joe’s life and, more than anything, Joe wants to father his son into the man he’s becoming rather than the man he’s been.
The three of them, along with their two Saint Bernards, live in urban Denver. Together they enjoy the outdoors, obstacle course racing, and cheering for the Denver Broncos.