Joe DarrAssistant Pastor/Worship
Joe became a Christ-follower at age 20. He credits the so called “Jesus movement” for his conversion, as believers moved back to the basic, simple message of Christ; that God loves us and wants us to love one another. Being raised in the south and not being from a particularly “religious” family, he was exposed to many different forms of worship and denominational ideas at an early age. This came through different friends inviting him “to church”. While some might have found this confusing, Joe was able to see that there was a core message in each situation that was vital – Christ crucified for our sin. The style or ritual was not the main point. This is a principle that has shaped his approach to ministry over the years.
Even in those early years and before he understood what it meant to be a believer in Christ, people would always comment on how excited Joe was to sing in church. He reasoned that, “if we are singing to God, we need to give everything we have.” This also is a guiding principle in his approach to worship, both in music and teaching.
Joe has been in ministry in Saline County for 20 years, 17 of those at Calvary Chapel Saline County. He was drawn to Calvary by the Lord through a series of events that some would call unfortunate. But, as the scripture tells us, what man means for evil God uses for good.
He has been married since 1981 to Beth. They have 3 children, Chase, Will, and Anna. The whole family is continuing to learn how to trust and follow Jesus.
One of his favorite verses is Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?