Dr. Joel Breidenbaugh planted Gospel Centered Church in August 2017. Prior to starting the church, Joel had served in youth ministry at two churches for 4 years and as the preaching pastor in three churches in Florida and Kentucky for 18 years. A native of Vincennes, Indiana, Joel obtained a BA in Theology from Florida Baptist Theological College, Graceville, Florida; Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy (majoring in Preaching) from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. His dissertation was on “Integrating Doctrine and Expository Preaching: A Proposal and an Analysis for the Twenty-First Century.”
Joel has four main passions in ministry: expositional preaching in the context of the local church, watching God’s Word transform people’s lives over time; teaching (through theological education online or on-campus) those called into ministry to equip them; going on missions to assist pastors and local churches in the Great Commission; and writing. He has presented at the Evangelical Homiletics Society, a group of professors and practitioners of preaching.
Joel’s published writings include the following:
- Preaching for Bodybuilding: Integrating Doctrine and Expository Preaching for the 21st Century (2016)
- The Joy of Jesus at Christmas: A 31-Day Devotional for December (2015)
- Numerous articles The Journal of Florida Baptist Heritage
- Numerous articles in The Church Revitalizer E-Magazine
- 5 articles in The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics (2008)
- 6 articles in The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States (2016)
If you have questions about Joel’s writings or would like to purchase any of the books for a reduced rate, please contact him through email below.
The Lord has allowed Joel to cover these different aspects of ministry, through preaching and teaching in numerous settings, including revivals, conferences, seminars, colleges and seminaries. He has been an Assistant Professor of Homiletics for Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity since 2007. Moreover, Joel has been privileged to share the gospel in each of the six inhabited continents.
Joel’s wife, Annthea, is from Bonifay, Florida. The Breidenbaughs have five children: Hannah, John Mark, Alethea, Lukas and Joanna. Joel’s hobbies include reading; playing baseball and basketball; coaching his sons; watching baseball and basketball; traveling; and spending time with his family.
You may connect with Dr. Breidenbaugh (aka Pastor Joel) by following him on Twitter, Facebook, email at pastor.DrJoelB[at]gmail.com or through the church office.