– Joel Dorman – A Grateful Child of God. Husband. Dad. Pastor.
Those words, although technically accurate, don’t really tell you much about me, huh? I’m married to Patty (the woman of my dreams!) and have two children: my little princess, Danielle (“Dani”) and Jonah, my boy.
Although I served at churches in several places across the United States, California is where my heart calls “home.” I’m Lead Pastor at First Baptist Church of Merced (Merced, CA) where my primary responsibilities are teaching the Scriptures, leading the church, casting the vision for The Great Commandment and Great Commission, and developing leaders for the next level in their ministry.
Most importantly, the Creator of the universe (God the Father, Jesus His Son and the Holy Spirit) knows who I am and has promised me a home with Him in Heaven.
I have a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Master of Divinity (Biblical Studies) from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. I’m currently working on my Doctor of Ministry at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Lord willing, I’ll graduate in December 2019.
My personal mission statement is “through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, equip the saints for ministry to the world and each other by intentional and strategic discipleship motivated by love for Christ and His will.”
P.F. Changs is probably the greatest restaurant on the planet and I love spending time with my family. Other hobbies of mine include reading, grilling & smoking, watching movies (home theater), listening to music, and yard work.
The Lord blessed me with being able to publish my first book in October 2017: 31 Days of Spiritual Wisdom: A Month in the Proverbs.