About Joe

I am a Christian, blogger, husband, father, motorcycle rider, and fan of Bruce Springsteen and the Mets.

Joe Iovino, writer and podcast host for UMC.org. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

I work at United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN, where I write and edit for UMC.org and host a podcast called Get Your Spirit in Shape.

February 6-7, 2018, I will take part in the Writing for Your Life Spiritual Writers’ Conference in Nashville. I will lead a breakout session called, “Make Them Look: Getting your work in front of more eyes.” Brian McLaren and Carol Howard Merritt are the featured speakers.

I grew up on the Jersey Shore, home of boardwalks, beaches, and Kohr’s orange and vanilla ice cream cones. I then lived in Colorado for 10 years, enjoying the mountains and snow, but never learned to ski or snowboard. 

Before moving to Nashville, I served on church staffs in New Jersey and Colorado, focusing on youth and worship ministries. I am a Deacon in The United Methodist Church. 

I have been happily married since 1991, and have two great kids. My wife is a developmental therapist with First Steps in Nashville, ministering to the needs of children and their families. Our son is a talented musician studying music therapy at Seattle Pacific University. Our daughter is an aspiring actress/writer/director who will be attending Columbia College Chicago in the fall of 2018.

Because I believe life is too short to read bad books, I try to stick with authors who nourish and challenge me. In my work, I read a lot of John Wesley, but I have also been shaped by the likes of NT Wright, Donald Miller, Rob Bell, Leonard Sweet, Anne Lamott, Marcus Borg, Henri Nouwen, Brian McLaren, Barbara Brown Taylor, and others.

If you talk to me long enough, I’m likely to bring up something interesting I heard on a podcast. Oh, and I probably know more about The Simpsons than you (that was almost cool when I was a youth pastor in the 90s).

Writing experience


United Methodist Communications, Manager, Member Content Development, UMC.org

Previous publications

Homiletics, Contributor

Proclaim Sermons, Contributor

Hope-Full Living: Daily Devotions for Christian Seniors, Contributor

Growing in Discipleship, Writer of daily devotions for congregation at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church

I also have two blogs posted at Seedbed.com.


Writing for Your Life Spiritual Writers’ Conference, Nashville, TN, “Make Them Look: How to get your work in front of more eyes.” February 6-7, 2018.

Pastoral experience

Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church, Monument CO. Youth and worship pastor from 2004 – 2014.

Middletown United Methodist Church, Middletown NJ. Youth and worship pastor from 1995 – 2004.

West Creek & Warren Grove United Methodist Churches, NJ. Pastor from 1989 – 1995.


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