Pastor Joe and Lori Champion are the senior pastors and co-founders of Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas. Celebration Church serves the Austin Metroplex area.
Pastors Joe and Lori founded Celebration Church in October 2000 as a non-denominational church with a vision to reach the greater Austin area with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Their vision is not only reach the local community, but to also bring the life giving message of Jesus Christ globally.
In the eight years of Celebration Church’s establishment, it has become one of the fastest growing churches in the nation. Situated on 110 acres of land on the fast-growing I-35 corridor, Celebration Church has a unique opportunity to minister to thousands of people each week. Currently, Celebration Church ministers to and serves over 5000 people per week!
Celebration Church values people. Because of that, Pastor Joe and Lori’s passion is to reach the lost. They are also passionate about helping people connect with their destinies through the balanced, life-giving ministry of the local church.
Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, they now call Georgetown their home. Pastor Joe and Pastor Lori have been married for over 19 years and have three sons, ages 16, 12 and 9. They are very active in the community and love the opportunity to connect with the people in and around the community.
Pastor Joe was raised in a football family; his dad being a professional football coach in both the National Football League and the Canadian Football League. Joe, himself, had a distinguished football career playing for Louisiana State University. He considered a professional football career, but after a dramatic experience with Christ entered into full-time ministry in 1989.
Pastor Joe’s family and personal sports background has made him a frequent speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and in schools across the country. He is a gifted communicator, bringing relevant, practical messages that reveal the heart of God. His relational delivery and unique presentation style make him a frequently sought after guest speaker for churches, conferences and ministries around the world.
Pastor Joe serves as a board member for the Association of Related Churches (ARC). He is the chaplain for several area law enforcement agencies and is regularly engaged with the Chamber of Commerce, and the Austin business community.