Joel  Kiekintveld

Joel Kiekintveld

Adjunct Faculty Member


Joel is the Co-Director of the Anchorage Urban Training Collaborative and a Street Psalms Senior Fellow.

For 17 years he served Parachutes Teen Club and Resource Center (Anchorage, AK), which he helped found in 2003, as Executive Director and Founding Director. Parachutes served teens ages thirteen to eighteen years old. Many of the active members of the drop-in center were high-risk and street involved. 

Joel has served as a pastor and youth pastor in both Michigan and Alaska.  He currently helps pastor the Christian spiritual community Reclaim in Anchorage, AK. He is an adjunct professor at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.


Joel lives, works, and plays in Anchorage, AK, with his wife Stacey and has three daughters Naomi, Emma (and wife Kelsy, son Luka), and Sydney. Joel lives in an intentional community.


Ph.D.               Practical Theology, April 2020.

                       University of Pretoria: Pretoria, South Africa

Thesis:  Join Me in the Commons: Towards a Contextual Urban Ministry Education Model for Anchorage, Alaska

M.A.               Global Urban Ministry, June 2012.

                      Bakke Graduate University: Seattle, WA

B.R.E.             Education, Youth and Evangelism, May 1995.

Reformed Bible College (now Kuyper College): Grand Rapids, MI

A.A.                 Biblical Studies, May 1993.

Reformed Bible College (now Kuyper College): Grand Rapids, MI

Certificate       Non-Profit Management, October 2006.

                       Foraker Group / University of Alaska Fairbanks: Anchorage, AK


Additional Training:    Academy of Spiritual Formation, June 2019 – September 2021

                                SoulFormation, Portland, OR


Practical Theology - Urban Ministry - Youth Ministry - Spiritual Formation



The Allender Center Podcast

                        Guest -Church After Mars Hill with Joel Kiekintveld – September 15, 2023


Transforming Engagement The Podcast (The Center for Transforming Engagement)

            Host – Season 4: Church After Mars Hill - June – August 2023



“Only You Can Start Forest Fires: Reduction as Resilience”

            Center for Transforming Engagement – Blog – December 8, 2022  



“The Aroma of Shalom”

                        Christ and Cascadia – February 24, 2022



“The Fire, the Table, and the Zoom Call: The Journey to Dialogue in a Divided Time”

                        The Other Journal – Issue 33: Reimagination – May 31, 2021



The AnchorEd City Podcast (Host)

                        Season 1: October 2020 – January 2021

                        Season 2: September 2021 – November 2021

                        Season 3: September 2022 – December 2022

                        Season 4: October 2023 – January 2024



“Of Cars and Geese”

                        The Banner – July/August 2019



            For Street Psalms:

·       Word from Below:

o   “Master of Allusion” – June 9, 2023   or


o   “Singing Zacchaeus” – October 27, 2022 or


o   “Power” – June 25, 2021  or


o   “Blue(s) Christmas” - Friday, November 27, 2020



o   “Born in Dreams” – December 27, 2019


·       Notes from Underground: “The ‘Savor’ of the World” – December 10, 2019

·       Sign of Hope: “Anchorage, AK” – May 22, 2018


            “Postcard From Anchorage”

                        YouthWorker Journal – November/December 2008