Joel Mikell served more than 25 years as a Pastor of Worship and Music in the local church. Since 2000, he has served the local church through the ministry of stewardship and generosity. As a Senior Vice President and Partner at Horizons, his passion for this ministry comes from seeing churches experience profound spiritual growth and individual lives transformed through stewardship journeys built around prayer and scripture. A gifted leader, teacher and motivational speaker in the field of relational, holistic stewardship, Joel feels a deep calling to serve the local church by helping them steward and resource their vision to reach people for Christ. Since 2000, Joel has assisted more than 170 churches in raising over $600 million.
Joel is the author of Crafting a Theology of Stewardship (and why your church needs one) and is co-author of Church Giving Matters and The Ministry of Giving which is the only book of its kind that focuses on ministering to financial leaders in the church outside of a campaign.
Joel received a bachelor’s degree in Music from Troy University and a master’s degree from Southwestern Seminary. He did post graduate work at the University of Georgia. A resident of Shelby, North Carolina, Joel is the husband of Donna and father of Cindi, Jeremy, and Jenni. In his spare time, he enjoys writing music, running, hunting, bass and fly-fishing, and participating in outdoor activities of all kinds. He especially enjoys spending time with his six grandchildren, Alexis, Addison, Carter, Savannah, Colton and Lillianne. Joel and Donna are actively involved in their church in Shelby leading a small group Bible Study and participating in the Music Ministry.