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.
Joel joined the staff after nearly 30 years in the Pastorate, pasturing churches in Michigan and Pennsylvania. he 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 Crossroads Crusades ministry.
The McGarveys are the parents of four children, Rebecca, Jennifer, Paul, and Joel Jr. Rebecca and Jennifer are married to pastors and presently serve churches in Wisconsin. The girls have also combined to give Joel and Susan eleven grandchildren.
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