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Pastor Joel Howard joined the family at Grace in March of 2011. He married his wife Delinah in 2001 and together they have six children: Megan, Melissa, Jessica, Rebekah, Hannah, and David. Pastor Joel attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, from which he graduated with his Masters of Divinity in 2005, and in 2021 with his Doctorate of the Ministry in preaching and leadership from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
Previously he served as the Campus Pastor and as the head of Theology at Sheboygan Lutheran High School. His first call was as the Assistant Pastor of Youth and Confirmation at Immanuel Lutheran in Belvidere, Illinois, where he previously served as Vicar. In his free time, Pastor Joel enjoys watching NCAA wrestling, reading, watching movies, and spending time with his family.