About Pastor Joel
Pastor Joel met his wife, Kristen, in the Concordia University, Irvine choir, and they married in 2008. Kristen worked full-time for eight years at Community Lutheran Church as a called Director of Christian Outreach until Kristen resigned to spend more time with their children.
Pastor Joel and Kristen have three young children: Jonah, Annaliese, and baby Carson. Pastor Joel likes cooking, drinking Starbucks coffee, cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs, camping, and playing the guitar.
Pastor Joel Beyer follows a long line of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod pastors which includes his great-grandfather, both grandfathers, and his own father, who is serving at First Lutheran Church in Hot Springs, Arkansas. There are at least 19 known pastors in the family and many Lutheran teachers.
Pastor Joel served in gang prevention with AmeriCorps in Escondido before graduating in 2009 from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Bachelors of Arts in Theology. He continued his pastoral education through the Cross-Cultural Ministry Center at Concordia University, Irvine and served a four-year vicarage at Community Lutheran Church in Escondido. He was instrumental in planting a satellite campus in San Marcos in January 2012.
Pastor Joel graduated with a Masters of Arts in Theology and Culture in December 2013 and was certified for ordination by Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Upon ordination in January 2014, Pastor Joel accepted the call to serve as Associate Pastor of Community Lutheran Church where he served for three more years.