Joe is a follower of Jesus, ragamuffin, sojourner, writer, speaker, entrepreneur, husband, dad and heart attack survivor. He is also a former pastor of twenty years. Joe has served as a youth pastor and lead pastor in churches of various sizes: mega, medium and small size churches—from a church plant, to an established church, a 100-plus year old church and to a restart church.
In 2016 at the age of forty-three and in relatively good health, Joe survived a Proximal LAD Lesion also known as the Widow Maker heart attack (which required two surgeries and three stents). As a result of this, he stepped away from full-time paid ministry. He now owns a coffeehouse, which he operates with two of his young adult children. You can find him writing here at Patheos and at joepuenteswrites.com and follow him on Twitter @joepuentes.