Joe was born in the Philippines and grew up in Los Angeles and Chicago. Joe first joined Lighthouse in 2000, eventually becoming the Director of Student Ministries in 2002. In 2006, he began working at Orchard Valley Christian Church in Sunnyvale, CA for 7 years. He returned to Lighthouse in 2013 and currently oversees Sunday Worship and Families. Joe is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and Fuller Theological Seminary, and is currently completing his certificate in Spiritual Direction. He and his wife, Christine, have three children, Ayumi, Kazuki and Kiyoshi. Joe enjoys reading, photography, playing the guitar, watching sports, and finding good yogurt places.