Joel Backstrom has served in the Lord’s kingdom work as a Christian minister and/or educator since 1975. Most of those years were spent as a high school teacher, administrator, and coach in both public and Christian schools across the nation. He has also served as an Army chaplain, and institutional chaplain, and a parish pastor in various settings. He and his wife, Jane, have three adult married sons and six grandchildren. They are now retired and living in northern Arizona.