Pastor T. Joel Fairley

Pastor Joel Fairley has been the Pastor of First Baptist Claremont since June 2014

Pastor Fairley received his under graduate and graduate degrees from Judson University (BA) in Elgin IL, and Eastern Seminary (M. Div.) in Philadelphia PA. Joel has served churches in So. California and Arizona, in the area Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, and as Sr. Pastor

Throughout his career, the arts and creativity have been an important of Joel’s ministry. From puppets to writing, directing, and acting in many original plays for the church, he is committed to letting the Arts be a beautiful instrument to bring honor and glory to God, and that these might be used to bring people closer to a deeper loving relationship with Jesus.

Stepping away from church ministry for a period of time, Joel began a second career as a teacher for Crossroads Christian School in Corona California. During this time he became involved in Community Theater as an award winning Actor and Director. He also has had the opportunity to participate in several short term Mission trips, which have taken him to Thailand, India, Nepal, and Hungary.  Joel counts this period as one of the most creative and enriching learning experiences of his life.  

In 1996 Joel met and fell in love with his wife Sue on stage during a summer production of My Fair Lady with the Redlands Bowl. Both of them would say that over the past 20 years they have been astounded at the blessings that God has poured out to the two of them and their children and Grandchildren In his spare time, Pastor Joel enjoys writing, and painting whimsical art pieces.