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Name: Joel

Instrument: Electric Guitar

Equipment: (it changes occasionally but currently is as follows)
Guitar(s): Fender 1974 Telecaster Deluxe; Fender ’72 Thinline Telecaster (CIJ); Fender American Standard Telecaster
Amp(s): Dr. Z Maz 18 Junior NR – 2×12 combo (quite frankly the last amp I’ll ever have to own)
Effects (in no particular order): Fulltone FD-2; Boss DD-20; Ibanez TS-9; Fulltone SupaTrem & Boss TU-2

Influences: Phil Keaggy, U2, Coldplay, Mae, Blindside, Muse, David Crowder Band, Chris Tomlin, Anberlin, Tree 63, The Appleseed Cast, Radiohead

Brief Testimony: I was born August 11, 1980 to Tim & Janet. My parents were and still are huge influences in my life spiritually, as were my grandfathers. I was taught very early what it meant to be a “Christian”. Being young and naive I took that to mean doing all the right things (being good). I accepted Christ at age 11, but for the next several years I was a Pharisee as Jesus described, “For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness” (Matt 23:27). It wasn’t until I was 17 when a youth pastor started pouring into me and I noticed other people my age struggling but persevering that it began to make sense that it was about a relationship, not religion or what I can do to attain God’s favor. It was at that point that I truly began a relationship with Christ. It hasn’t been easy. I fall flat on my face more often than I care to note, but I do know that His grace is sufficient for me and His strength is made perfect in my weakness (2 Cor 12:9-10).

Marital Status: Single (the last remaining bastion of bachelorhood in the band)

Passions: Jesus Christ — all others can’t compare; Namibia, Africa; Family; Guitar gear; Being genuine & thorough (anally at times); Music in the context of worship

Currently Reading: “My Utmost for His Highest” Oswald Chambers; “Praise Habit” David Crowder; “The Business of Heaven” C.S. Lewis, “Pursuit of Holiness” Jerry Bridges, and of course the Bible.

Currently Listening: Whatever happens to be in iTunes, car stereo, and MP3 player.
Recently: “Eyes Open” Snow Patrol; “Mr. Beast” Mogwai; “Eat, Sleep, Repeat” Copeland; “Sam’s Town” The Killers; “The Everglow” Mae.

Currently Watching: LOST Seasons 2 & 3 and The Office Season 2.

Occupation: I am a process re-engineering consultant. Beyond that you’ll have to use your imagination.

Favorite Movie Quote: As of late, “‘Camelot!’ ‘Camelot!’ ‘Camelot!’ ‘It’s only a model!'” (Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail)