HeadshotDr. Joel W. Harder is the state minister for Oklahoma through Capitol Commission where he is shaping a culture of civility, integrity, and servant leadership among Oklahoma policy-makers. Harder is an experienced organizational leader with over 10 years working in international leadership development through local churches, nation-wide non-profits, and political arenas.

Harder’s international work includes initiatives in 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 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. In Feb 2018, Harder earned a Doctorate of Education with a research focus in e-mentoring and spiritual formation. He conducted a nation-wide doctoral research study of e-mentoring among business professionals in 2017 and 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

Joel is married to Donelle and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Philece and Farrow.