Pastor Joe Bell received Jesus Christ on the campus of Purdue University where he graduated in 1970.
He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1974 with a Master of Divinity.
Joe was a youth pastor for over ten years at two churches.
As a youth pastor, Joe was interested in the great youth movement that was happening on the west coast through the ministry of Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel.
After finishing his youth ministry Joe
and his wife Peggy packed up their family and headed for Southern California.
Calvary Chapel of Lafayette, Indiana was founded by Pastor Joe in 1982.
Pastor Joe and Peggy have four children, five granddaughters and twin grandsons.