Pastor Joel Zuidema studied philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and then proceeded to sell Hot Tubs for 2 years. Then he attended Calvin Theological Seminary where he received a Masters of Divinity Degree in 1992, go figure. Pastor Joel and his wife Michele have 5 children and 5 grandchildren. In addition to camping with his family, he enjoys deer hunting and salmon fishing. He and his fishing partners have won multiple events at the Offshore Amateur Salmon Fishing Tournament in Ludington Michigan as well as a tournament in Mainstee, Michigan.