My name is Pastor Joe Hooten.

I am a recovered alcoholic and addict, clean and sober by the grace of God, one day at a time, since March 31, 1997.
I have been married to my beautiful wife, Sierra, since September 14, 1999.
I was saved by and have been a dedicated believer in Jesus Christ since May 2, 2001.
I have four children. Two boys and two girls. Alex and Robbie, and Serenity and Abby. Alex has multiple disabilities, being totally blind and having infantile autism.

We currently live in Decatur, IL. However, we are transitioning our family to Idaville, IN; where I have accepted the call to pastor Idaville First Church of God.



I have a Bachelor’s degree in Bible and Ministry from Bethel College with a concentration in nonprofit management. I also have Certificates in Biblical Studies and Biblical Greek from Tyndale Seminary, and Basic Training in Biblical Counseling from Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries. My graduate work includes both Teaching and Ministry.

For a PG rated version of my testimony given at oaktreechurch.com in February 2012, listen here…