People of Mesa Naz: Joel Oakley


1.Tell us about your family, who are they and where are you guys from?

My family is the group of good looking boys running around striking murder on each. We contain my mom (Michelle), my dad (Grant), my sister (Jen), and my 3 brother (Jake ,Josh and John).

2. How did you start coming to Mesa Naz? How long have you been attending?

My mom is the reason I started coming. She said, “Joel get in the car now” and I said, “yes ma’am” and ever since then, when I was four-years-old, we started coming.

3. What’s new with you? What are some of the highlights in your life for the past 6 months?

In the last 6 months, I have graduated high school, got my drivers license, started college, and everything in between. It has been crazy, but awesome.

4. Where do you work and what do you do for fun?

I work at Chipotle, it’s pretty great, I wrap and make burritos. For fun, I play ultimate frisbee, I drive around in my truck, and I go country dancing with my pal Alex.

5. What are you involved with at Mesa Naz? What do you love about our church?

I’ve been involved in everything from playing the drums as part of the worship team, to being hidden away in the littles room (send help). Now my main focus is teaching the 1st through 3rd grade Journey class.