Dr. Joe R. Olachea, Jr., Pastor

 Senior Pastor

Joe Olachea 24 - WEBDr. Joe Olachea has been the senior pastor of Lakes Chapel since June of 2001. During this time, he has earned his doctorate at Oxford Graduate School in Dayton, TN, with an emphasis in Discipleship and First Century Jewish Worldview and the Preaching and Praxis of Jesus. Pastor Joe has developed the discipleship ministry at Lakes, which is a unique model appropriate for Biblical Christianity and diverts from the corporate philosophy of ministry prevalent in the typical American church today. Pastor Olachea began his career in Charlotte, NC, in 1978, as a junior high Bible teacher and coach at Northside Christian Academy. After five years of teaching, he felt led of God to become a pastor, and has since served more than 25 years in NC, GA, and NJ. Joe earned his Bachelor’s degree at Clearwater Christian College and his Master’s degree at Liberty University. He has taught seminary courses at the Center for Biblical Studies in the Philippines and at Keswick Institute of Biblical Studies in Whiting, NJ,  and served as President for Central Jersey Bible Institute (1989-2001). He is a writer and seminar speaker and served as a firefighter and chaplain for Medford Fire Department, Station 2 and Derby Fire Department in Bordentown, NJ.

Pastor Olachea is married and has five adult children and six grandsons, with another grandson arriving this summer. Please connect with Pastor Joe on Facebook.