Joel was born in Durham, North Carolina but grew up in the Central Illinois area. He attended Peoria Christian High School before moving on to Illinois State University. Joel is currently a senior working towards a degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. As a former collegiate baseball player and personal trainer, Joel enjoys being active and serving as a role model to those who seek a pain-free, healthy lifestyle. He is an avid baseball fan and supports his favorite team, the Chicago Cubs.