Pastor Joel and Teresa Plantinga               
                 
                 
Pastor Joel Plantinga has been a pastor at Desert Winds since February 2004.  He began as the Associate Pastor of Cultivation and Community Life at Desert Winds and then became the Lead Pastor in April 2016.  As Lead Pastor, Joel provides preaching and leadership as well as the vision for the church.  
 
Joel received his B.A. in Political Science from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.  After that, he received his M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.  Prior to serving at DWCC, he served at churches in Colleyville, TX, Bellflower, CA, and Los Angeles, CA.  Joel grew up in Pella, Iowa.  Pastor Joel has extensive experience in grief counseling, having served part-time as a Spiritual Counselor for Hoffmann Hospice, helping people find spiritual peace and getting the chance to share his love for Jesus with people who are terminally ill.
 
Joel has been married to his beautiful wife Teresa since July of 1999 and they have three lively and amazing children: Noah, born in 2000, Eden, born in 2003, and Rachel, born in 2005.  
 
Joel enjoys sports, particularly the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals.  He has an obsession with tornadoes and dreams of one day going chasing with meteorologists in a white cargo van.  He likes to write, and has devotions published by Words of Hope and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  In the summer of 2015, Pastor Joel completed RAGBRAI, a 500 mile, 1 week bike ride across his home state of Iowa.  He loves to work out so that he can continue to enjoy Grilled Shrimp Burritos from Rubio's.