Joe Savage grew up in Mobile, Alabama and was ordained at Cottage Hill Baptist Church in Mobile under the ministry of Fred Wolfe. Though raised in church, he did not become an authentic follower of Christ until the age of 17. Soon after, he sensed a calling to serve God and people through ministry and this is what he has done for more than two decades in a variety of ways.
Joe joined the staff at Luke 4:18 Fellowship in May 2012 as Senior Associate Pastor. His primary responsibilities are preaching the upcoming new "Encounter Service" and assisting Fred Wolfe with all the pastoral aspects of the church.
Joe also serves as the executive dean of the School of Christian Ministries and the director for the Center for Leadership at the University of Mobile meaning that he and his faculty are responsible for training and preparing more than 100 students for ministry and mission work. His skill to both pastor a growing church while preparing young ministers and missionaries for service derives from a unique and varied background.
He has more than 20 years’ experience in church leadership and has served as an evangelist and discipler to coaches and executives in the National Football League (NFL), writing the most-read devotion in professional sports. Joe has coordinated more than 300 churches and organizations in innovative projects to meet the spiritual and physical needs of thousands of people around the world. In total, Joe’s projects and works have provided well over $1,000,000 in humanitarian aid and assistance to orphans, children, and the poor.
Joe is a popular speaker amongst corporations, schools, and church groups. His speaking has brought him before more than 1,800 audiences in fifteen different nations. He is the author of two books, including his newly released book entitled, “We Forgot: The 7 Unlearned Lessons of 9/11.” He is a graduate of Mobile College, while holding a Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina and a Doctorate of Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Pamela reside in Fairhope.