"Where there is no vision ( no redemptive revelation of God) The people perish"
Proverbs 29: 18
"Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone passes may (be able to ) read it (easily and quickly) as he hastens by"
Dennis Earl Joell Sr., was born to the late Walter Earl and Catherine E. Joell on July 20th,1950. Dennis better known as 'Bae" or "Pop Pop" was born and raised in Ambler, Pa. He was the fourth child out of five children all boys.
After a lengthy illness, he made his peaceful transition to his heavenly home on Thursday March 7, 2019 at the age of 68.
He graduated from the Wissahickon School District in 1969.
At an early age he developed a love for going to church and accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior. He was baptized at the Zion Baptist Church in Ambler, Pa. He later joined the Antioch Baptist Church in North Hills, Pa. Dennis was licensed to preach in 1977 and ordained in 1978 by Antioch Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. T.N. Nobles Sr. In 1979, he graduated from Evira Baptist Seminary. Bishop Joell accomplished his Bachelor of Theology Degree in 1984 and Doctor of Divinity degree from Amity Theological Bible Institute in 1992.
In 1989 he met the love of his life, his "Bae" Overseer Valerie Joell, they were married on February 16, 1991. Bishop Joell was very humorous and often shared with everyone how it took him six years of stalking to convince Overseer Joell that God told him she was the one.
In 1985, Bishop Joell was called forth to Pastor the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. For thirty-two wonderful years he pastored Shiloh. He retired in October 2017. Under the leadership of Bishop Joell, many ministries were established and continue to be fruitful. God blessed Bishop with the heart of a Servant. While serving in his calling as Pastor in 1995, he led the church in joining the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Paul S. Morton. He was appointed in 1999 to the position of District Overseer in Chester Pa.
In February 2000, he was elevated to the office of General Overseer, and began fellowship in the newer Philadelphia District.
In his early years great leadership was shown as Bishop Joell served as First and Second Moderator of the Suburban Baptist Association. He was awarded the Montgomery County Man of Year Award in 1973, and the Legion of Honor Membership from the Chapel of Four Chaplains in 1979. Bishop Joell also received numerous declarations from the Norristown Borough, West End Ministerial Alliance and other Community Agencies. In April of 2004, God gave Bishop Joell a new assignment as Overseer with the United Covenant Churches of Christ under the leadership of the Presiding Bishop Larry D. Trotter, Pastor of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago, IL. He was consecrated as Bishop in the United Covenant Churches of Christ on July 10, 2008 in Charlotte North Carolina. He served in United Covenant Churches of Christ until 2013. Bishop Joell was one of the Founding Fathers as well as an Executive Board Member in Kingdom Connection Fellowship International under the leadership of the Presiding Bishop Jerome H. Ross.
Before he passed away, he was serving as Bishop of Pastors in the Kingdom Connection International Fellowship as well as State Bishop of Pennsylvania. Bishop Joell's life was full of purpose as he touched and united so many lives until the end. He was authentic and shared genuine love. He was serious about ministry and he walked, lived, and served with humility. His ministry, motivation, philosophy, and life can be summed up in the verse found in his favorite scripture Romans 8:28; "And we know that all things work together, for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose." He was very fashionable and loved to shop especially for his wife of 28 years.
He leaves to cherish his memory, a loving and devoted wife Overseer Valerie Joell: six children, Dennis Jr., Angel, Sandra, Stephanie, Linda (Kenneth) Jermaine (Shalonda) and Lil. Valerie. Seventeen grandchildren: Mercedes, Diamon, Jasmine, Diamond, DaVion, MaLeah, Caleb, Michelle, Jasmine, Denisha, Tyreek, Michael, Aaron, Jalissa, Tatyana and Mackenzie. Eight great grandchildren: Kingsley, DaZhon, Jayden, Kylie, Talea, Kyla, H'honor and Logan. Four brothers: Wayne (Katherine), of Penllyn Pa. Bruce, of Wyncote Pa, Daryl (Geneva) of Penllyn Pa, Tracey (Lynn) of Lansdale Pa, mother-in-law Lueanna Harrison; three brother-in-laws: Lonnie (Carolyn), Steven (Renee), Charles. Two sister-in laws: Linda, Deborah (Isa) all of Philadelphia Pa and numerous, nephews, nieces and cousins. Two god daughters; Joy Andrews and Heavenyah London; best friend and travelling partner Bishop E.V. Debnam and many other friends. He was proceeded in death by his parents Walter Earl and Catherine E. Joell.
Loving Submitted by the Family
Shiloh – The Church of Excitement’s History
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church was incorporated as a church in the state of Pennsylvania in 1989, then holding services in classrooms at Penn Christian Academy on Germantown Pike. In 1990, services were moved to the Carver Center of Norristown. In 1992, Shiloh services were moved to it’s first building at 518 Green street in Norristown, PA. Shiloh would hold services at two other properties on Green street. In 1998, then Pastor Dennis E. Joell lead the Shiloh congregation to it’s current home at 610 George Street Norristown, PA.
1. To Be A Church of Love
Love is the greatest of the Christian Virtues (1 Corinthians 13: 13).
Love is declared to be the chief test of Christian Discipleship (1 John 3:14). We (Born Again Christians) know that we have passed from death (spiritual death) unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death." The Christian must love God supremely and his neighbor as himself (Matthew 22:37-39).
2.Committed and Consistent
Commitment Pledge, promise or duty regarded as a solemn responsibility. Be committed for the 'Cause of Christ' Hebrews 10: 25 "Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together (as believers), as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) Also you should avail yourself to the teaching ministries of the Church; Bible Institute, New Member Training
The mission of the church is to evangelize the world. Matthew 28: 19 - 20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: And, lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen”. We gather to be edified, we scatter to Evangelize. As believers, we are commissioned by Jesus to be responsible for the souls of those who don’t know Him as Savior. We must witness that others may be saved. Acts 1: 8 “ But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me (Jesus) both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.”
4. We are a Family
Romans 12: 5 “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” ( Mutually dependent on one another with love and respect.) Ephesians 4: 16 “For because of Jesus the whole body ( the church family, in all its various parts) closely joined and firmly knit together by, the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part( with power adapted to its need) is working properly (in all its functions) grows to full maturity, building itself up in love. “ …. No divisions…perfectly joined together … same mind… called unto the fellowship. (1 Corinthians 1: 9, 10)
5. A Spirit of Excellence
Excellence: Superior quality; outstanding ability or worth. Daniel 6: 3, “Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him…(5: 12) “ Learn to do well.” Isaiah 1: 17
6. A Tithing Church
Tithing is God’s way to open windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it (Malachi 3: 10). The tithe is 10% of your income.
Offerings; Malachi 3: 8 We give because we love.
We give because we’re obedient.
We give because there is a need.
We give because we shall receive.
II. Corinthians 9: 6,7 “Soweth bountifully … recap also bountifully.” Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give: … for God loveth a cheerful giver.
7. An Obedient Church
We must obey those who are in authority. Hebrews 13: 17, “ Obey those that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves Obey your spiritual leaders and submit (yield to power or authority of another) to them continually recognizing their authority over you, for they are constantly keeping watch over your souls and guarding your spiritual welfare, as men who will have to render and account” Jesus was obedient ( Luke 2: 51; Philippians 2:8) Colossians 3:22, “Servant, obey all things… fearing God.”
Character: personal qualities by which others see you judge or Moral excellence. Your personality is what you show people but your character is who you really are. We must live the life we talk about at Church, and away from church, “ Let your light so shine that men will see your good works… Matthew 5: 16 Walk circumspectly in the world live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witness, but as wise (sensible intelligent people).
9. A Spirit Filled Church
10. A Church that Worship and Praises
We must give God true worship, He is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth Our Father seeketh such to worship Him (John 4: 23, 24). Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee.” Psalms 67:3, 110:4)
11. A Preaching and Teaching Church
Preaching is Proclaiming…
Teaching is Explaining
Go ye therefore and Teach, Matthew 28: 10
12. A Church that Forgives
God wants us to forgive each other as He has forgiven us. Matthew 6: 12, 14, 15 “When you stand praying forgive” Mark 11: 25“Forgive and you will be forgiven” Luke 6: 37
13. A Praying and Fasting Church
Through prayer and fasting you will be able to flow in the anointing of God. Mark 9: 29 “Praying always with all prayers and supplication in the Spirit” Ephesians 6: 18.
14. A Church of Faith
Faith is confidence, assurance and reliance on God, Trusting God for who he is. He is all we need Him to be. Without Faith it is impossible to please God. When we come to him we must believe that He is. Hebrews 11:6 God expects believers to walk by Faith not by sight. II Corinthians 3:7
15. A Timely Church
“ Let everything be done decently and in order” I Corinthians 14: 40 God expects His church to be orderly, disciplined, organized, strategic in planning, timely and seasonal
16. A Church that take Authority over the Spirit of Distraction Distract: to cause to turn away ones focus of attention: Disturb: Agitate Acts 16: 16 - 18 When the Holy Spirit is ministering through the Minister, Teacher, Choir, Soloist, etc. one’s focus should be on the ministering of the Holy Spirit