One of the newer WGRC staffers, Joe works with our existing business supporters while also seeking new ones. In addition, he’s a part-time announcer and occasionally assists with production and events.
Joe has done many things apart from Christian radio including being a camp counseling, selling, printing, serving as a tent-making pastor, acting as a lay minister and working as an audio-visual technician. He also taught sociology and psychology part-time for about fifteen years.
Central PA has been Joe’s home for all but five years of his life. He met his wife Donna while working at a Christian radio station. Joe and Donna have one daughter, Becky, who lives with her husband in Maryland. Joe and Donna are blessed to serve at a vibrant, Biblically focused church where they serve in a variety of roles.
Joe started researching his family history in 5th grade, learning – among other things – that his great-great-grandfather Adam married his great-great-great-grandmother Eve. He notes “while all believers can say that they descend from Adam and Eve, I can prove it.” That quest revealed that he has a distant cousin in Canada also working in broadcasting – at a TV station in Ontario. Joe was selected to develop the PowerPoint files for a college textbook that was published in 2016. He says it’s quite surreal to see his name listed among the credits, knowing that the slides could be viewed by thousands of people. Because he has experienced a number of losses in his life to suicide, he volunteers to help and minister to those who have faced similar tragedies in their lives.
Early in my life I experienced a serious accident that left me facing very adult-like challenges while still being a child. Fortunately I learned that Jesus was the only One who truly understood what I was going through, and that He loved me and would use these situations for His glory, if I would let Him. I did. Christian radio was instrumental during my formative years in helping me learn the fundamental truths of Scripture while also challenging me to grow in my faith. Later I was blessed to attend a Christian college where I was exposed to a huge range of diversity among believers. I grew sharply during these years as I began to refine my Christian worldview. Looking back on my life now, it is nothing short of miraculous to see how various and seemingly random experiences and opportunities have interwoven and led to who and what I am today.
My entry into Christian radio was a most unusual one, as I was a member of a pre-ministerial group when our chair – a former deejay and ex-con who came to know the Lord in prison – developed a burden to build a Christian radio station on campus. As a result of his vision, our group took on this endeavor and helped to launch this station. I became their first program director and one of the announcers. I guess you could say that I was ‘hooked’ as I came to realize what a powerful medium radio could be for spreading the truth of the Gospel.