Dr. Joe Coffey is the lead pastor at Christ Community Chapel, a multi-site church in Northeast Ohio that serves about 5,000 people. He’s passionate about the church and its purpose: to bring people into a life-long relationship with Christ. The mission that drives CCC is to help people know Jesus, grow in a personal relationship with him and serve him daily. Personally, Joe desires to see people move from being church consumers to true disciples. He also is compelled by justice and mercy. In response, he spearheaded Micah 6:8 weekends at CCC in which 100 percent of all money collected from tithes and offerings are passed on to ministries doing work here and around the world that provide justice and mercy to those who need it.

Joe completed his undergraduate degree at Taylor University and received graduate degrees from Columbia International Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Columbia Evangelical Seminary. He has authored several books: Red Like Blood: Confrontations with Grace; Smooth Stones: Bringing Down the Giant Questions of Apologetics; and A Cup of Inspiration 1, 2 and 3.

Joe is married to Karen, a licensed clinical counselor. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.

Which aspect of Christ Community Chapel’s culture resonates with you the most? (know, grow, serve)

I resonate with all of them, but if I had to choose one I would choose helping people come to know Jesus. There is absolutely nothing better.

What is something no one would ever believe to be true about you?

I played the tuba at my older brother’s graduation

In what ways are you a leader? In what ways are you a follower?

My wife says I’m not a follower. I’ll go with what she says.

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?

To be able to do anything around the house…ANYTHING.

What are you doing when you feel most like yourself?

Any time I’m with my wife Karen. She is the one who knows me best and the one I most like to be with.