Joel was brought up in the 1950s and 1960s part of one the very few Messianic households. He considered himself a “Believer”. But it wasn’t until the late 60’s revival, known as the Jesus Movement, that Joel had a truly life-changing experience while he was a student at the University of Cincinnati.
Joel had been raised on hit parade music and at 16 he found he had a gift for writing songs. He played keyboards in a five-man band that became popular at churches, youth rallies and other community events throughout his teens.