Joel Harder is the state minister for Oklahoma through Capitol Commission, a nationwide ministry reaching capitol communities for Christ. Involved in church leadership for more than 15 years, Harder has served in several ministry roles in congregations throughout Texas and Northern Virginia and has pastoral leadership experience in both small and large churches.
Harder came to Oklahoma after spending nine years living and working in the metro Washington DC area where he most recently served as the Pastor for Discipleship and Global Mission Strategies at First Baptist Church of Alexandria. In this capacity, Harder oversaw discipleship programming for every age and life-stage in a church ministering to individuals and families who live and work within the national capitol community in Washington DC. Beginning in 2012, Harder developed an annual conference on Faith & Work with more than 120 in attendance each year.
Harder concurrently led the church’s global mission strategies. He has led mission teams in North America, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. In 2016, he coordinated and led an inaugural pastor’s conference in an Eastern European nation, gathering pastors from across the southeastern region of that country where they are ministering in largely unengaged communities with ties throughout Central Asia.
Harder earned a BA in Political Science from the University of North Texas and a Master’s of Social Work from Baylor University. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Education Program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and his research interests are in relational discipleship, information communication technologies, and volunteer leader training. He has been a guest lecturer at Georgetown University and the John Leland Baptist Center for Theological Studies. Harder provides regular pulpit supply and his sermons are posted online at http://www.joelharder.org/speaking.
Joel is married to Donelle and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Philece and Farrow.
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