Joel is chosen and anointed for the End Time Ministry. He received the Gift of the Holy Spirit at a young age. He was born in Dayton, Ohio to Gwendolyn and the late Pastor Andrew Lee Lofton. He was reared as a third generation Pentecostal. He is the youngest of eleven children.
He received his elementary and high school education from Christian schooling; where the word of the Lord was poured into him by spirit filled educators. He received his Associates in Ministry and Bachelors in Christian education from Grace Bible College. Elder Lofton accepted his call to preach the uncompromised Word of God at the age of nineteen. He acclaims his cultivation of his call to his Mother and Father, Bishop & Lady Clara Majors, Bishop Norman Wagner, Bishop Iona Locke, Minister Todd and Lady Daphne Bell, and Elder Arneta Kirksey just to name a few. In his mid twenties, the Lord allowed him the pleasure of meeting Dr. Carolyn Showell who affectionately became his “Aunt Carolyn”. This began a long relationship of mentorship, prayer, and cultivation.
The Lord spoke to Elder Lofton many years ago, preparing him for this phase of his ministry. As many leaders whom God chose, he offered many excuses often selling himself short but through time God began to make His will crystal clear to him. While spending time with God, He spoke to him through Isaiah chapter 58 and more directly verse 12 calling him “THE REPAIRER OF THE BREACH, THE RESTORER OF PATHS” this passage stood up in his life and was the final word of confirmation. The world is full of people who need to be repaired and restored. Many who have not known God or have turned their back on Him because of some trick of the enemy or self-confusion.
The Lord has chosen Elder Lofton to be one of many that will work in the mission of restoration. Now the assignment is clear. The focus of his ministry is the deliverance of God’s People. He loves to uplift, encourage, and help lead others to a personal relationship with Christ. He flows with an energetic anointing, that tries to leave no soul who is searching untouched. In August 2002, he founded Abundant Life Christ Centered Ministries, Remnant Reformed Church, Inc. Key Scripture: John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
As the scripture states above, God wants us to be full of life. The only way to achieve life fulfillment is to make Christ the center of everything. When we look at St. John 10:10, we must understand that the enemies assignment is to kill, steal, and destroy. Jesus moves quickly and abolishes the enemy’s assignment and tells us that he comes that we might have life; thus giving us a choice. We can either have life or life more abundantly.
So many believers as well as unbelievers are living beneath their privilege (meaning that we have accepted what the enemy has stolen, killed, or destroyed). God never designed for us to live defeated lives; we must live as the victorious people God chose us to be. We at this ministry choose abundant life.
His Primary Focus is To Be Where God Is.