God called Joe and Laina to pastor Life Center in Spokane, WA in 1978. They started with a group of 40 and Joe quickly took it down to almost nothing! In 42 years, the church has grown to several thousand and has given birth to 17 daughter/granddaughter churches, 16 of them in the Spokane area. Joe and Laina have 5 grown children, and 10 brilliant and beautiful grandchildren. Joe is a lifelong learner who completed a Masters in Theology at age 60 at Whitworth University. In 2014, he took a long overdue sabbatical and rode his motorcycle around the perimeter of the US. Joe’s Big Deals: love God, love people, make disciples, have fun!