- Sunday: 9:00am-10:15am & 10:45am-12:00
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Hi! My name is Joey!
I grew up in Los Angeles, California.
When I was about 19 years old, I moved to Fort Lauderdale. For the first 20 years of my
And then God called me to the coldest place
I always was in entertainment, I grew up doing TV shows, singing… Just always somewhat involved in the entertainment industry.
How about your wife and kids?
My wife, Stacy, grew up on
She spent time a lot of time doing horse shows, grew up riding horses and then her family moved to Florida, where we met.
We have 4 girls, our younger two are adopted. All girls— God wouldn’t even let me foster a boy! God had an interesting plan, they brought out my sensitive side.
How did you decide to go into the ministry?
I started singing with a group, and also started going to church in Fort Lauderdale, at Calvary Chapel. I thought it might be cool to sing at a church, so I auditioned and Pastor Clay told me I should sing on the team.
At the same time I was still doing the group, touring, had just signed a record deal. I was starting to feel torn. I was feeling God was calling me to sing, but I wasn’t sure if it was in the secular world or the Christian world. It was a battle going back and forth.
I was devastated, but probably because I knew she was right. It was the hardest thing to do. I wrestled with God.
After God said, “Leave this group, I want you to sing for Me and for Me only”, it still took about 6 months for me to leave the group. In fact, it was so hard for me to leave the group that I wasn't even the one who made the decision to leave- I actually ended up getting kicked out. It was like God was saying, “You aren't going to do it- so I’m going to help you do this.”
And then I ended up getting mad at God. I felt like I could have done something in the music industry to bring glory to His name. But I know now, looking back that there was no way.
So I was like, what do I do now, God? I’ll go back to work for Starbucks again, and I am never going to sing again. I was a bit frustrated with God. That happened on a Sunday.
That same day, I got a call from Pastor Clay saying that he would like to meet with
Later that week, I met with Clay he said he would like me involved in what’s happening in music there at the church. My wife looked over at me and said, “Told you so!” She was right!
I was arranging songs, writing songs and did this at home for a year.
After a year, Clay asked me to work on staff- and I said, “No, I would love to, but I can’t”. At the
Clay is famous for saying this… he said, “Ok, go home and pray about that, see if God can take care of that for you.”
So we did, and we decided that we were going to trust in the Lord and we were going to commit our second child to His will and trust that He would heal her and take care of everything.
And so I went to work for Calvary Chapel, Fort Lauderdale.
That’s how I ended up in full-time ministry. Clay and I had been doing this off and on together for 20 years, but it wasn’t until the last 10 years or so that I
What is a
It won’t be little known for long, but… I am highly addicted to peanut butter. Anything peanut butter- cookies, jars of peanut butter. I love a chocolate bar dipped in peanut butter!
What do you do in your spare time?
I love hanging with family exploring parks and nature. We just enjoyed the park
What is your favorite music, books,
Favorite movie of all time: The Count of Monte Cristo. I love the hopeless situation and
Food: If I go out to eat, my favorite food would have to be sushi. Although I had some good shrimp and grits the other day in Mount Pleasant.
Music: There is no genre or style I like more than the other. I like to explore so many different types of music, the more I study the more I enjoy it.
Book: Probably every book by Max Lucado, even children’s books. He is just phenomenal to me, everything from his style of writing to how he gets his point across.
What are your plans, goals and hopes for the future as the Worship Pastor at Crossroads?
I would love to see a children’s choir and an adult choir as well. One of my goals is to put together a children’s choir so that they can come up probably every quarter, definitely Christmas and Easter. I just love children worshipping. And I would love to see a regular choir as well.