Mary and Joel have two adult sons. Matthew is a computer scientist working in Eden Prairie. John is working in Madison, Wisconsin for a provider of medical record software.

Faith and Philosophy


  Phaith & Filosophy

Pastor Joel is seeking Philosophical discussion of things Spiritual, Religious and Faith. There will be some rules and expectations for rich discussion. A couple of us have met at the Northwoods Lounge. If you would like to be notified of such meetings, submit your email address to

Pastor Joel Xavier

Pastor Joel has a passion for study and for understanding. He likes to challenge people to rethink spirituality, religion, and faith.  At age 50 he entered the Dr. of Ministry program that challenged him to rethink spirituality, religion and faith. Pastor Joel is an example of " full communion" relationships established between some Christian denominations. He is on the clergy roster of the ELCA but has been appointed to the Kasson and Pleasant corners United Methodist Churches. He likes to refer to himself as a closet Methodist and a recovering Lutheran. Pastor Joel fills in some percussion parts with the Austin and the Albert Lea Orchestras.

Pastor's wife, Mary, as an accountant works for Mayo in the area of financial support for research; as a musician she plays with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Albert Lea Orchestra; oboe, English horn, bassoon, viola, violin; directs the church choir.