Joey was raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. At the age of 16 he found himself walking through the doors of Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge battling drugs and addiction. Upon completion of his time at Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge a long-time mentor suggested that Joey consider interning at Ozarks Teen Challenge. Joey felt like God has placed it upon his heart to help youth battle addiction, and overcome it. While interning, Joey found his calling to counsel youth. In the summer of 2018 Joey was hired on as a full-time direct care staff member.
Since being hired on as a full-time staff member, Joey is working towards becoming a parent contact, leading a phase group, and is currently enrolled in community college at Ozarks Technical Community College. By the grace of God, Joey was freed from his long time battle with addiction and has found his home at Ozarks Teen Challenge.