Joel Thomas Epplett was born on February 7, 1975 to Tom and Mary Epplett. Joel is the 3rd of 7 children; he has two older sisters and four younger brothers. Joel grew up and still lives in Ferrysburg Michigan. He went to St. Mary’s School through the 8th grade, and then attended Grand Haven Junior High and High School and graduated in 1993. Joel met his wife in the 9th grade. Joel married Kathy Edson in June 2001. Joel and Kathy have two sons, Kolton who is 17 years old and a Junior in high school, and 12 year old Kaeven who is in the 6th grade at the Voyager School in Grand Haven. The family also has a Great Dane named Jynx who will be 5 years old in July and two cats, Stoick and Rokki, who turn 3 in May.
Joel has worked as an auto body painter for several local dealerships. He attended the Career Line Tech Center while in high school to learn this trade. Joel began working at St. Mary’s in March 2014. Joel’s wife Kathy works for Catholic Charities as a Foster Care Specialist. Kolton is a life guard at the Spring Lake Aquatic Center and is on the swim and water polo teams at Grand Haven High School. Kaeven has played football with the Young Bucs program and plans to join the swim team at Lakeshore in the fall.
Joel enjoys spending time with his wife and children in his free time. The family likes to spend time at the beach and camping.