Pastor Joe was raised in Toledo Ohio into a Roman Catholic family of 9, with 6 sisters and 2 brothers. At age 13, he felt restless about spiritual matters, and through a series of events and the influence of friends, he was wonderfully saved at age 18.
After joining the Church of the Nazarene and experiencing Entire Sanctification, he felt the Lord’s calling to full-time ministry at age 21. He became earnest about doing ministry, from teaching Sunday School, to Vacation Bible School, to youth ministry, to choir ministry, to preaching.
Next, he earned a Bachelor of Religion degree at MVNU and a Master of Divinity degree at Nazarene Theological Seminary and pastored fulltime in Toledo and Athens, Ohio. Feeling a call to Christian College teaching, he earned a Doctor of Theology degree and has taught at MVNU, part-time, for 15 years. While teaching, Joe has been a chaplain to adult students, pastored part-time at two churches, and sung in a Gospel Quartet.
He loves reading, writing, teaching, preaching, hiking, canoeing,
kayaking, fishing, gardening, music, and sports.
Janet grew up in Columbus, OH, the youngest of three. She asked Jesus into her heart when she was a little girl and had the privilege of growing up with active Christian parents.
She attended Cedarville University and Columbus State University (Associate Degree in Applied Science) and worked as a Respiratory Therapist for 20 years. Later she become a fulltime homemaker and homeschool mom. Most recently, she attended the University of Northwestern Ohio (Medical coding). She worked as a certified medical coder for 2 years but took a job at MVNU in collections where she could better use her time for ministry.
Though saved at a young age, it wasn’t until later Janet came to understand sanctification. While sitting in a church service she was overcome with the Holy Spirit and gave her all to Him.
Janet loves being outside, especially near the water. Hiking, biking, gardening, and fishing are all favorite past-times of hers. She has been active in music ministry, singing and playing guitar, and enjoys speaking to groups about actively loving God.