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Joel Wayne


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Catalytic Spark of Movement

Mover and a shaker. Change agent. Growth agent. Whatever you might call Joel Wayne, lead pastor at Chapel Pointe in Hudsonville, Michigan, one thing is certain: When he steps into church leadership, God works in amazing ways to transform the culture, mission, and soul-winning of churches.

Joel is a builder. He learned that quickly as a business major at the University of Georgia. But in his first job at Nabisco, which he began at the tender age of 17, he found himself talking with co-workers more about their lives and how the bread of life could bring them hope, forgiveness, and joy.

As he has been led to three very different communities and churches during his career, Joel has focused on one goal: help people find their job and comfort and hope in Jesus Christ, not in religious traditions and routines. Jesus is the who should be the focus of our affections and attention.

Joel is taking that message beyond the walls of Chapel Pointe to transform the mission and culture of churches in his community and all over the country through his Be the Church initiative. Joel wants to help the church move beyond territorial ministry pursuits to become one body proclaiming the transforming power of the Gospel.

With that in mind, Cedarville’s Transformed Tour will be making a stop in Hudsonville on May 11, 2022. Joel, who is a member of the Board of Trustees, sees in Cedarville a similar desire to make much of Christ in everything we do, and to follow Him in making a movement of disciples reaching the world.

“I believe that Be the Church and Cedarville University is called to be a catalytic spark of renewal and revival through the Holy Spirit,” he shares during the podcast. “Pray for the school to experience that catalytic spark and to be a catalytic spark of movement that is greater than anything we’ve known before.”

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