Justin has been a part of Living Word since moving to Minnesota from Illinois in 1993. He graduated from University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota with Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. From the time he was in grade school, Justin participated on puppet teams, drama teams, and in the teen pastor program. He traveled the road with Go Ministries from 2000–2001 before pursuing his degree. After graduating college in 2006, he and Melissa Phad married. Melissa currently working for Ignite Children’s Ministry, and they have two kids, Jocelyn and Cohen. Justin came on staff in 2009 as Pastor Tim Burt’s executive assistant, and currently serves as a pastor for Small Groups.