Joel Collette grew up a preacher’s kid, born and raised right here in North Carolina and received Jesus as Savior and Lord at the age of seven. He then surrendered to the ministry at an early age and preached his first sermon at age 14. As Joel worked in various ministries throughout his lifetime, he began as a youth minister in several churches while in college. God called Joel to pastor his first church in 1986 and since that time, he has pastored three churches in North Carolina.
In recent years Joel was the Associate Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Weddington for more than eight years before moving to Arizona to work with the North American Mission Board in church planting. In addition to church planting, Joel was on staff with Joni Eareckson Tada’s ministry, Joni and Friends/Arizona, as the Church Relations Coordinator. His most recent pastorate was at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Alexis, NC.
Joel holds a bachelor’s degree from Wingate University and a master’s degree in Theology from Reformed Theological Seminary.
Through the years Joel and Susie have ministered in international short-term missions including Barbados, Peru, Haiti, Nicaragua, South Africa, Liberia, and Honduras.
Joel and Susie have been married since 1989 and have two boys, Eddie and Samuel.
Pastor Raymond Butcher is a seasoned pastor with years of experience in West Virginia and California. He geniunely cares for people and their relationship with our Lord. It is his passion to share with those who need to hear that Good News.
Pastor Raymond holds a masters degree from Liberty University.
His wife Linda is originally from this area.