Current Thoughts

  • Stepping Out

    August 7, 2015malawi-3

    This October I will be heading to Malawi Africa with International Association For Refugees (IAFR) to better understand the needs of the displaced people and the work IAFR is doing in Dzaleka, Malawi.  Richwoods…

  • 2015 Global Leadership Summit

    June 3, 2015

    Richwoods Christian Church is honored to co-host the Global Leadership Summit with local churches in Peoria. This two-day televised event focuses on how employers, employees, co-workers, and volunteers can embrace their grander vision. We encourage…

  • Leader Resource: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    May 27, 20157habits

    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey Published in 1989 this book turned the leadership world on its head providing a new set of language and thoughts.  One of these concepts…

  • Leader Resource: Tribes

    May 27, 2015tribes

    Tribes: we need you to lead us by Seth Godin Published in 2008 Tribes is an easy to read book which will make you think about your role  in the world you live.  People are looking for…


About Joel


Jill and Joel

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.

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