Joel was born in North Carolina and was born again at the age of four after a Sunday school lesson on David and Goliath. He was baptized at Mountain View Baptist Church, Rancho Cucamonga, California. Later, God called him to be a missionary so he attended West Coast Baptist College. During a mission’s conference, God confirmed in Joel’s heart that He wanted him to go to Uganda, Africa. God had been working in Vivian’s heart. In 2013, she decided to go to West Coast Baptist College to study to be an elementary school teacher. A year later, during a mission’s conference, she decided to surrender her life to God to serve wherever in the world He may want her. Joel and Vivian met in 2015, but the Lord did not bring them together until the fall of 2017. When Vivian was 17, she gave her life to Christ the last night of a youth conference but continued to have doubts. In September 2018, Vivian received assurance of her salvation and was baptized. Joel and Vivian were married in May 2019. They had their baby girl Elizabeth Rose in April 2020, and are expecting their second child in July 2021.