We are so excited to introduce you to Joel Preston who has recently taken on the role of Charity Leader for Müllers. We sat down with Joel to hear more about him, his background and his hopes for the future.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have lived in Bristol for 8 years now and was previously on the national leadership team of British Youth for Christ. I am a member of St Michael’s Church, Stoke Gifford where I was previously Youth Minister for a number of years. I also currently lead the Bristol Youthwork Forum and a youth worship event called The Mix. I am married to Emily and father to 3 year old Nathan.
What is your background?
I grew up in Shropshire and at 18 left to become a youth worker in Nuneaton. I have been involved in youth ministry for over 15 years now and have a passion to see children and young people be life-long disciples of Jesus. I spent 10+ years on church leadership teams as Youth Minister before joining British Youth for Christ as Director of Evangelism and Mission. Here I learnt a lot about charity management, leadership, team co-ordination and more importantly about how young lives can experience amazing change when meeting with Jesus.
What is one of your favourite things about George Müller?
Obviously I love the amazing stories of his faithfulness and hearing of God’s provision. What has struck me recently is that, even into his old age, Müller was open to God doing new and adventurous things through him. Beginning travelling around the world at the age of 70 to share God’s word across the globe is inspiring, especially as the only options were Victorian transport methods! I hope and pray that I will still be as open to the Lord in my senior years as George Müller.
What are your hopes for the future of Müllers?
I am so excited to play my part in pursuing our new mission statement, “Bringing Christian hope and wholeness to children and young people.” I am looking forward to helping us work out what God is calling us to as we focus on our mission priorities of “Inspiring faith, nurturing families, strengthening churches and transforming communities.” I am keen to build upon the great work that has already been done as we partner with churches. I want to help strengthen the work of the Scriptural Knowledge Institute, supporting those in need here and abroad. I want to help bolster the impact of our practical theology course and widen the reach of The George Müller Museum. More than all this though, I want God’s name to be glorified as we serve him collectively as an organisation.
Please do be praying for Joel as he settles into the new role, as well as his wife Emily and son Nathan, and that under his leadership God will be glorified as Müllers continues to bring Christian hope and wholeness to children and young people.