Joel Kotila was born to Rev. Herman J. and Sylvia E. Kotila in 1957 in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. He is the fifth of eight children. He graduated from Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton, Massachusetts in 1975. Worked for Digital Equipment Corporation in Massachusetts, Field Service Logistics, (1976-83).
B. A. (1991) Concordia College, St. Paul, .MN.; M. Div. (1995) Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN.
Vicarage, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bay City, MI (1993-94).
Congregations: Peace Lutheran Church, Cincinnati, OH (1995-2000); Trinity and Immanuel Lutheran Churches, Holloway, MN (2000-2006); Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Terryville, CT (2006 – present).
Married 30 years to Kari Lee Kotila; have four grown children: Jon, wife, Letitia, and three grandchildren; Peder; Erik; and Mikkel