Joel Yates

Executive Pastor
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Main Job Responsibilities: 

Love and minister to people; Part of visioning and leadership teams; Assist senior pastor as necessary with overseeing staff and ministries at Wooster Nazarene




Hannah, Noah, Angelina, & Joshua

Favorite Food: 

Chinese and BW3 wings

In my spare time I: 

Not that there is much spare time, but when there is I like to play sports…especially golf.  I enjoy coaching/watching our children's sports teams and extracurricular activities.

My path to ministry at Wooster Church: 

God brought us here Easter of ’98 (although we didn’t realize it was Him at the time). We started working with Pastor Ben and the youth when he became Youth Pastor. After a couple of years, I felt called to youth ministry and a couple of years later, had the opportunity to come on staff as Jr. High Pastor.  After transitioning from Jr. High to Sr. High and doing that for 7 years, I am now currently serving as Executive Pastor.

What I like best about working at Wooster Church: 

Being with people. One great advantage of a large church is the continuing opportunity to meet new people and form new relationships. Also, the staff is amazing to work with!

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