Michael W. Joiner
The Lord has allowed me to have many incredible life experiences; some great, some good and some very painful. I’ve traveled to over fifteen countries and experienced different cultures and different religions while serving in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman and intelligence officer. I have been trained and certified in Information Technology and have owned and operated my own IT Consulting Firm for nearly twenty years. I have coached several sports, played in rock bands, aspired to be a pro golfer, fought in conflicts, written many songs and poetry, and owned and operated several businesses.
However, the greatest joy in my life is found in my Lord and my family! I absolutely live for the presence of God and following my Lord Jesus, who saved me from a life of torment, addiction, pride and pain. Jesus is my Portion, and I’m blessed to serve Him in ministry as worship leader, intercessor, pastor, and pastoral counselor. And, by God’s grace, I have been married to the same wonderful lady and my best friend for 25 years, and we’ve had the privilege of raising and loving two different generations of children (two older sons who have graduated college and our “surprise child” who is now five years old).
As for formal education and accreditation, I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Religion from the University of Florida and my Masters in Clinical Christian Counseling from Cornerstone University. I am an active Clinical Member of the National Christian Counselors Association and a Certified Temperament Therapist.
As a pastoral counselor and servant of God, I believe God has called me to love and serve those He brings into my path and to bring His light into dark situations and His abundant life to those needing direction. My heart’s cry is best summarized by these words pulled from Isaiah 61:
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for prisoners, to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve, and bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.