Pastor Joel Padilla grew up in the Pampanga province of the Philippines, in the small town of Mexico, near San Fernando. As a pastor's child, he grew up in a Christian home, receiving Christ as his Saviour at a young age. Ever since he was a child, he knew God was calling him into full-time ministry as a pastor. As he was in college, he met his wife, Medick. They married in December 1989. He graduated from seminary in 1991 and became an ordained minister in 1993. After 6 years of serving as pastor at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Guagua, Pampanga, he and his family moved to Mira Mesa San Diego, California. After 6 months there, God called him to serve at Fil-Am Baptist Church of Arizona, now Fil-Am International Baptist Church. He and his family moved again and has been serving Christ faithfully in this church since 1996. His wife, Medick, works as a department manager in Walmart. They have a son, JP (25), who is also the drummer for the church band, and a daughter, Jeuel (23), who is the keyboard player and the church secretary. They reside in Gilbert, Arizona.
B.S Management Industrial Engineering at Holy Angel University, 1987
M.Div. Theology at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary, 1991
Clinical Pastoral Education at Banner Desert Hospital 2009