Joe is a native of Shreveport, LA. He graduated Jesuit High School, and studied for two years at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette. In 1974 he felt a call to join a professional Christian drama ministry called the Covenant Players. He married his wife Nance in 1978 while ministering in the UK and Ireland. Their travels with the Covenant Players took them all over the world: Joe served in Guatemala and Mexico, and together they travelled the lower 48 United States, Canada and Western Europe. After 35 years with the Covenant Players, Joe became a lay pastor in the United Methodist Church, serving two small churches in Portland, OR from 2005 to 2007. At that point, God moved him and Nance back to France where he served as a pastor for seven years. In January 2014, he and Nance moved back to Austin, TX, and joined Hope Chapel at that time. Joe was ordained at Hope Chapel in summer 2019, having served the congregation in many different roles since 2014. Joe and Nance have a daughter, Hannah Joy, who lives in New York with her husband Alex and their son Jacob.