Get to Know Pastor Joel Dover

Who is Pastor Joel Dover?
Pastor Joel Dover is the founding Pastor of Calvary Chapel Church in Newnan GA.  The church started in 2014 with a handful of believers who were gathering together in a living room for weekly Bible study and prayer.  The church has grown steadily and now meets weekly for Sunday worship, in homes throughout the week in small groups, and has vibrant large groups ministries that participate in prayer gatherings, local missions, and Calvary Chapel conferences.  

Pastor Joel's calling is to help people grow as Disciples of Jesus by truly knowing and understanding the Bible.  Joel believes that the Bible was intended to be understood, and Joel makes even the most complicated things of the Bible very easy to understand.  Joel is committed to expository teaching, verse by verse through books of the Bible.  If you listen to Joel's teaching long enough, you will hear expository teaching on the entire Bible, both the Old and New Testaments.  

Joel was raised in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, and was raised in a Christian home.  Joel married his college sweetheart in 1998 and they have three children.  Joel earned a BA in Theater and Communications from the University of NC@Wilmington in 1998, an M.A.R. and M.Div from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2002/3, and a D.Min from Luther Rice University in 2010 where he graduated with honors.  Joel was a part of the teaching faculty and Dean of the Master's programs in Biblical Studies at Calvary Chapel University from 2015-2021. 


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Joel Dover is an affiliate pastor of the Calvary Chapel Association and adheres to the statement of faith of the CCA. Lern more about the CCA here.