Joel is a self-proclaimed doodler, tinker, and short-order cook with a fondness of encouraging leadership in others. His journey in leadership began when he was asked to begin a junior high youth ministry as a freshman in college…most of them made it.
Joel has been married to Jill (Gebhardt) Dryden since 1988, they have 3 children who are all on their own now, (great rejoicing!) For “dog-lovers” they are still wondering how they ended up with four cats, 1 indoor and 3 outdoor—who protect the garage from intruders.
Joel serves and leads at Richwoods Christian Church in Peoria, Illinois as the Executive Pastor. where he is able to use his skills to their fullest, this includes troubleshooting the copy machine, helping staff with budgets, and structuring leadership development. When he is not helping Jill maintaining their home, or working at the church, you can find Joel doing something with airsoft, his hobby.