Joel R. McGarvey

Profile Updated: August 27, 2019
Residing In: Grand Rapids, MI USA
Spouse/Partner: Susan
Occupation: President & Executive Director
Children: Rebecca (Turner) born 1974
Jennifer (Ritchey) born 1980
Paul born 1988. Adopted 1992 (U.S. More…Army MP)
Joel Jr. Born 1989. Adopted 1991

Isaac Ritchey
Noah R.
Jonas R.
Micah R.
Miriam R.
Elise Turner
Ethan T.
Lydia T. / Elizabeth T.
Molly T
Evelyn T
Joseph T
Evlyn T
Poppy T


June 22


Married Susan Miller (class of '73) (June 22, 1974), who graduated from Alt. Hosp. School of Nursing. Joel attended Grace College (IN)('71-72), graduated from Grace Bible College. Pastored churches in MI and PA for 25 years. Since 2005 has traveled as an evangelist with Bible Doctrines To Live By of Grand Rapids, MI. Became the Executive Director in Jan. of 07. Has traveled around the world speaking and teaching in England, Scotland, Wales, Kenya, Brazil, Curacao, the Philippines and South Africa. He has co-led tours to Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Jordan. We have also traveled the U.S. presenting a variety of Bible-based seminars as well as a six hour presentation on Islam. In addition Joel has written and published three books with a fourth currently in production.

School Story:

School, now there's a subject we all like to look back at and reflect upon with fond memories (even if our memories are a little clouded). What precious memories of rising early, chasing and occasionally missing the bus. Algebra, Geometry, whew no fond memories there. Although I have found myself using some of that in recent years and wishing I had paid better attention. You know, all those things we'll never use but they forced us to learn.

I had a lot of fun during those school daze but I must admit that I never started living until it was all behind me. I look back now and often think how I wasted those years and the times spent with my circle of friends.

Although I had given my life over to the Lord at age 13, I never surrendered my life until later. "I" wanted to teach school. "I" had lots of plans for success and wealth. But I found out that none of that matters in the course of time and that true success is not really measured by how much money one has in the bank or toys in the driveway.

Success is what you do with your life. But even more than that, what you do with your life for others rather than yourself.

The greatest gift I can give is life, and I'm not a doctor, never played one on TV, but I can make the gift of life available to anyone who is interested. It is the same gift of life I was shown and has given me peace and hope for over 50 years. It was there when I lost my father in 1988 and my mother in 2016. My wife also experienced it in the loss of her father (1989) and mother (2009).

Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, that's all of us (Romans 3:23). But by faith in Him and His shed blood on Calvary's cross, the payment for that sin we can have life. This isn't found in religious ceremonies or sacraments but it can be your's through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). The Bible is crystal clear, if we admit we're a sinner and believe Christ died for us then we will have life, and life everlasting (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 1:12-14; I Corinthians 15:1-4).

I have found life and as I travel across the U.S. and around the world I have seen the hand of the Lord change many lives and give to them a hope and peace they had never found in their money and position. As we've seen, especially in the last year wealth can be very fleeting and position can come crumbling down. Bank accounts and investments for the future can become void. But our hope in Christ forever remains sure. It is the only thing you can truly bank on with confidence.
Trust Him through faith and know that He loves you, died for you, rose again for you and one day you will stand face to face with your Savior.

Junior High School Attended:

Roosevelt (Still the best even if it is gone)

Elementary School Attended:


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Hello Bill, it's been along time. Trust you are doing well in your retirement (you must be getting old). Keep in touch.

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Remember Boyd and his brother as classmates through our years at Eldorado. Boyd was a friend in elementary school but we lost contact in Junior and Senior High.

Prayers for the family at this time of loss.

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Trust you all enjoyed a very Merry Christ-filled Christmas. Praying you enjoy a truly Blessed, Christ-filled New Year. Remember, Christ is the only REASON, not one day a year, but every day.

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