Pastor Joel McGarvey

Joel R McGarvey joined the staff of BDTLB in 2005 as Associate Director and Evangelist. Along with his wife Susan, the McGarveys have traveled thousands of miles under the banner of “Bible-Time Ministries” and have been involved in many outreach endeavors including themed Vacation Bible Schools, Adult Bible School, Bible Conferences, Evangelistic Crusades, Revival Meetings, and Camps. Over the years they have been blessed of the Lord to see hundreds of children, young people, and adults come to Jesus Christ as their Savior.


Joel joined the staff after nearly 30 years in the Pastorate, pastoring churches in Michigan and Pennsylvania. The McGarveys played a part in the ministry of BDTLB soon after it moved to Grand Rapids, volunteering time in the office helping to collate publications and traveling with Lee when possible, assisting in the Homoki’s Crossroads Crusades ministry.

In 2008, Joel became the Executive Director of BDTLB when Lee Homoki, the founder and past Executive Director, stepped down to concentrate on other areas of ministry. Since that time Joel has been responsible for the various itinerant ministries in addition to home office responsibilities, as well as publication duties such as all layout and design. In 2024, Joel took on the role of Associate Director and Director of Video Ministry as he and Susan schedule visits throughout the States to represent Christ through Bible Doctrines To Live By.

The McGarveys are the parents of four married children, Rebecca, Jennifer, Paul, and Joel Jr. They are also the grandparents of fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.