Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Good afternoon!  That's a statement of fact.  It is good.

Joel Engle

Joel was born and grew up in San Francisco, CA.  He never knew his father.  His mother worked multiple jobs to make ends meet, caring for Joel and her two aging parents.   When Joel was only 11, he found his mother lying on the kitchen floor, having suffered a stroke.  She died a few days later.  Just a few years later, his grandfather died and his grandmother went to live in a nursing home.  Joel was a young teenager and suddenly without any family.  At the age of 14 he was taken to a Baptist Children's Home, practically an orphan.

It was through the care of the Baptist Children's Home that Joel met Dale and Nadine Engle - who became his adoptive parents.  A new life, a new name and a young faith in Jesus set Joel on a course through life that he never shied away from.  His new family had a piano and Joel committed himself to learning how to play, praying to God saying, "I will never sing a song or write a song that doesn't glorify your name!"

Joel went on to study music and theology on scholarship at Oklahoma Baptist University. While there, he met and eventually married his wife Valerie. After college, he toured with Dawson McAllister student conferences for three years, playing in front of crowds upward of 500,000 per year. Then in 1997, Joel and wife Val, who shared his heart for ministry, started Spin360, a modern worship resource that provides worship leaders with songs, chord charts, sheet music, and other tools.  Joel's piano and vocal talents were also simultaneously being put to good use with many camp dates, conferences, and outreach opportunities with the Billy Graham Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Student Life.

In, 2007, Joel indicated that he would be retiring from Christian music. His purpose in this was to "transition into church planting." Joel planted the church in Keller, Texas which is called "The Exchange."

Most recently Joel and wife Valerie opened a teenage ministry called "Echo". And he wrote a book: The Exchange: Tired of Living the Christian Life on Your Own?

Album: The Great Exchange

Twitter: @joelengle


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