Joe and his wife, Ronni, both came to Christ through The Navigators at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Joe graduated from MSU, Mankato, in 1975 with a degree in elementary education. After teaching sixth grade for three years, he joined Navigator staff at Michigan State University and was trained by Larry Whitehouse. Joe and Ronni were married in 1978 during their time at Michigan State.
Their first staff assignment was at South Dakota State University, where they ministered for six years. In 1985 they moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to start a ministry at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. They lived in Eau Claire for 25 years. While there, Joe served as Upper Midwest Collegiate Regional Leader for 13 years. In 2010, they moved to Kansas State University, where they were Trainer Coaches for the region and Joe served as Campus Director.
Joe assumed his role as Director of Encore in September of 2018.
Joe and Ronni have four children and seven grandchildren, all in Minnesota and Wisconsin.