The Reverend Joe Fort is a fourth generation United Methodist pastor from the Texas Annual Conference. His years of ministry have encompassed a wide variety of settings: associate pastor in Houston, a startup congregation in a blue-collar bedroom community, East Texas county seat church, seventeen years as lead pastor in two different congregations of roughly four thousand members, and district superintendent. He presently serves as the lead pastor at Lakewood United Methodist Church in northwest Houston. He has been married to his spouse Margaret for thirty-five years. They delight in their four grown children and (so far) six grandchildren.