Joél studied at DeSales University, University of Phoenix, University of Colorado and University of Sedona. He is an ordained minister with the Universalist Church. He is a seven-time published author spiritual and motivational literature and holds a philosophical Doctorate in Divinity.
Joél made a decision, in the mid 1990’s, to follow the teachings of the Buddha; he has devoted his life to the path of enlightenment and the pursuit of inner peace, through meditation, kindness, the principles of Zen and the realization that the teachings of the Buddha and Jesus are beautifully tied together.
Joél is the Sensei of Enlightened Life Fellowship (a Zen Buddhist fellowship) and is a web talk radio host. Joél is an advocate for anti-bullying, human rights, equal rights and the rights for people with special needs.
Joél performs seminars on Buddhism, Spirituality, Christo-Buddhism, Motivation and Positivity, and Enlightenment.