Staff Member: Mr. Joel De Loera
Mr. Joel De Loera
Director of Youth and Family Ministry, Confirmation Coordinator, Ministry to the Homebound
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After nearly ten years of living under the servitude of drug addiction and promiscuity, Joel had a profound and personal encounter with God at a Catholic retreat that would forever change his life. Joel felt that God was calling him to share His love and mercy with everyone around him, especially the youth and those who are suffering from addictions and depression.
When Joel returned to the Catholic Church, he decided to go back to college to study Theology to learn more about his faith to better fulfill his inner desire to announce the Gospel of Jesus to those around him. He now has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, a Pastoral Ministry Certificate and a Substance Abuse Certification.
Joel has traveled through the U.S. and abroad sharing his powerful conversion testimony and giving hope to many. Along with being a passionate evangelist, he is a dynamic retreat leader, musician and songwriter. He is currently the Director of Youth and Family Ministry at St. Joseph Old Cathedral in Oklahoma City, OK and the President of Hispanic family ministry, Familias Para Cristo.
While he is very passionate about serving God through Church ministry, Joel considers his family the most important ministry God has entrusted him. He is happily married to the most beautiful woman, Nora, and both are proud parents of four beautiful children (and counting).