I love to write, create, and tell stories. Whether curriculum design or inspiration reflections, I am passionate about creating engaging, quality content.
I've traveled around the world speaking to and walking with thousands of people from middle school youth to retired senior citizens.
I am the Director of Resource Development at Life Teen where I help empower parishes to lead teenagers closer to Christ through the highest quality resources and curriculum.
Photo by Simon Maage on Unsplash My son is thankful for paper towels. It’s Thanksgiving. A few friends and family members are over for a small Thanksgiving dinner. As we gather around the table, we ask the question, What are you thankful for? People share and we arrive at my three-year old son for his […]
Photo by Ferdinand Stöhr on Unsplash An oil change can just never be an oil change. As our family vehicle approaches 90,000 miles I know that every 7,000 mile visit to the mechanic means I am going to get a list of what we need to fix to keep the car in good shape. Since […]
Photo by Christoffer Engström on Unsplash I am sitting on the ground, my legs curled up into my chest and my head between my knees. My hands are over my face and I’m breathing heavy. I know I am going to die. My anxiety was welling up in the morning as we prepared to leave […]
I believe when people encounter Jesus their lives are radically changed. The moment I met Jesus my life was transformed and I’ve been on an amazing adventure ever since. It is a blessing and honor to walk with people to help them encounter the same Christ that I follow and lead them closer to Him.
I love working with people that share this mission.
“Joel Stepanek is an enthusiastic, spirit filled speaker. His faithfulness permeates his presentation and is preceded by a great sense of humor to put the audience at ease and invite them into the conversation. Joel’s knowledge and passion combine to create an encounter with Jesus Christ that is irresistible to the listener. Joel is relevant and engaging to all ages, but his specialty is teens and our teens loved him. We have already scheduled a date with him for next year.”Tina Burtch, Director of Confirmation and High School Youth Ministry
“Joel’s professional courtesy and communication before our retreat was stellar! He continually sought ways to weave our vision and content into his presentations. During the weekend he did not disappoint bringing in humor,and relevant stories all while illuminating light on the often complex teachings of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.”Andrew Brown, Youth Minister
“Joel gave an excellent mens session and his talk during entertainment was wonderful. Learned so much from him.”Teen at Steubenville Main Campus 2015