Title: Board Member
Joe currently serves as a council member for the City of Roanoke and previously served as Vice Mayor from 2018 – 2020. He also works as Chaplain at Hermitage Roanoke, a senior living community in Northwest Roanoke. Joe has a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas, and is currently working toward a Doctor of Ministry degree with Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Joe is co-author of Our Family Outing: A Memoir of Coming Out and Coming Through, written with his former spouse, Rev. Leigh Anne Taylor. The book is a unique, two voice narrative of a gay man and straight woman and their journey through marriage, children, coming out, divorce, healing, reconciliation, and creating a new way of being family. Joe’s family includes his husband, James, and their two children, Ginny and JJ, who are in middle school. Their family also includes daughter, Emma (Connor) Gwin and son, Taylor Cobb. Joe is the proud grandfather of Harper Jane and William Brindley Gwin.