Joel Eichler's Bio

Joel Eichler was born in Dallas, but after spending most of his life in the greater Houston area he returned to the DFW area and has served as the Director of Student Ministries at Prosper United Methodist Church since 2016. He was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church. Joel has been involved with youth ministry as a volunteer since 2008 and professionally since 2012. Joel completed a certification program in 2019 through Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and is certified in United Methodist Youth Ministry by the General Board of Higher Education Ministries. Joel is married to Lauren. They have 2 dogs, Penny and Nala, and have a baby boy, Emet, arriving in March.

CJ Rice's Bio

CJ Rice is a cradle Methodist, baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church. She has overseen youth ministry for more than 10 years at various churches including Farmersville UMC and First UMC Plano. She is currently a student at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology where she plans on graduating with a Masters of Arts in Ministry in 2021. Along with Minister of Youth & Families, CJ is also the Community Manager of Plano Community Coworking, a shared space networking initiative she helped create at FUMC Plano. She lives in McKinney with Dutch, her virtually famous pug. You may follow him on Instagram @dutchthepug8. Lastly, if you’ve heard CJ's laugh once, you will be able to recognize that laugh in any public space.

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