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Our Pastor, Scott O. Cigich, came with his family to The Woodlands in 2004 to begin Joyful Life Church. He has been in the ministry since 1985 and believes that Jesus' life, death and resurrection enables us to live an abundant life today as we connect to Christ through faith. He has been married to Judy since 1981 and they have two grown daughters, Kelley and Kasey. Judy teaches at Coulson Tough Elementary School. Scott loves outdoor activities such as running, biking, tennis, and scuba diving. You can contact Scott at 936-273-3979 or
Joel Bates is serving as Director of the Joyful Life Band.

With a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, Joel�s work in leading worship started as a hobby but has grown into a calling.  He began leading contemporary worship in 1993 at his Lutheran church in California.  As a volunteer musician and worship leader for 16 years, he gathered invaluable experience as well as a true passion for the power of music within worship.  Joel has worked primarily in contemporary worship but also has performed in various forms of traditional, liturgical worship.  He considers his worship style a �poor man�s� Chris Tomlin, plays guitar and bass guitar with some proficiency and believes his passion for worship is his biggest asset as a worship leader.  22 years of professional experience in R&D and biochemical sales provided him the organization, leadership and teamwork skills necessary to be an effective Director of the Joyful Life Band.  Joel prays that Joyful Life will become even more participatory and passionate in our worship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and that music can help to open our hearts to hear the word and feel the power of the Holy Spirit in our midst.  Joel has been married to Ellen for 23 years, has a 3 year old son Aaron and enjoys softball, golf, televised sports, biking and collecting wine, guitars and art.  He plays primarily Taylor acoustic guitars.

You can reach Joel at 281-298-6725 or  

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