Joel was born in Georgia and then went to High School in Florida. He graduated from Mercer University in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering. At Mercer, he met Jill Patterson Tolbert. They’ve been married and have three grown sons, Adam, Daniel, and Michael.
Joel spent 12 years in Engineering, Marketing, and Sales positions. In 2002, he and his family dropped everything and went to seminary.
Joel and Jill graduated with Masters of Divinity degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. Since graduation in 2005, Joel has served two Presbyterian churches, in Decatur, GA and Watkinsville, GA, before coming to us. Joel joined the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown in late January 2020.
For sports, Joel is into soccer, golf, and tennis. As a fan, Joel roots for Atlanta United (MLS) and Manchester United (EPL). Joel plays a little guitar, even less mandolin, and sings the bassline. In music, his playlist stretch from Miles Davis to Frank Sinatra to Rush to the Indigo Girls. He goes to concerts, plays, musicals, and movies for fun. You won’t find him on social media very often but might find him on Xbox.