Pastor Joe is a native of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. He is the eldest son of H. Dianne Forwood and the late Harvey B. Forwood.
Pastor Joe is a graduate of Garnet Valley High School Class of 1979. He graduated from Geneva College in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree, majoring in Broadcasting, with a minor in Communications in Business and Industry.
Pastor Joe was called to the ministry in 2001 as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries at Elam United Methodist Church where he coordinated the youth and children ministries of the church. In 2014 he completed the Local Pastor Program of the United Methodist Church and was appointed as Associate Pastor at Elam United Methodist Church. Pastor Joe loves music and played the drums in the praise band at Elam UMC. He feels called to mission work within the local community and strongly believes that Jesus has called each and every one of us to be the hands and feet of Christ.
Pastor Joe and his wife of 33 years, Lisa Forwood have two daughters, Lindsey Bennett (husband, Chris) and Lacey Torre (husband, Joe), along with a son, Luke Forwood, and currently have four grandchildren, Travis, Aria, Reid, and Kaiden.