Joel Black


Father of 5 young children (hence the play structure in the background).

Amateur triathlete (emphasis on amateur).

Grew up in Niagara Falls.

Lived in Japan for 10 years and learned what it is like to live as a minority with all its prejudices and stereotypes and where I was always "an outside person". (HINT: it's a humbling experience that every white person should have.) While there, I went to seminary in Japan (in Japanese) where I was the only white guy on campus (also a very humbling, yet rich experience.)

Now I live in Winnipeg, MB.

You can find my blog at

  • Work
    • Pastor at enCompass Church
  • Education
    • Master of Theology (Th.M.) Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
    • Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Tokyo Christian Theological Seminary