Joel Bates

Joel Bates

Director

WMA Wilderness First Responder, NCRC Cave Rescue, NASAR SAR-tech 3, ACA Swift-water Rescue, ACA Whitewater Instructor, Bachelor of Biblical literature from Ozark Christian College

Interests: trail running, whitewater canoeing, spending time with the family

Upon graduating from Ozark Christian College in 2001, Joel and his wife Julie spent five years doing mission work with Team Expansion in India and Ireland. They both felt called to return to the states to pursue experiential wilderness ministry at Discovery Ministries. Joel is drawn to the deep commitment at DM of challenging people spiritually through the unknown of the wilderness. Joel enjoys running, backpacking, and teaming up with his wife Julie to tackle the adventure of raising their four children in the heart of the Ozark wilderness.