Joel Kilpatrick is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has been featured in Time magazine, the Washington Post, USA Today, CBS Radio, the Dallas Morning News and dozens of newspapers and magazines. He has authored and ghostwritten more than 60 books, including a New York Times bestseller. He has reported from disaster zones and civil wars in seventeen countries, and received numerous prizes for writing and reporting, including the highest award for Christian humor.
Kilpatrick has worked with many leading ministries including Rick Warren, Mike Bickle (IHOP), Bill Johnson (Bethel Redding), Michael Hyatt, TBN, Joni & Friends, Nancy Alcorn, Convoy of Hope, the Dream Center and the pastors of many large churches. He ghostwrote Don Colbert's The 7 Pillars of Health which has sold half a million copies. Kilpatrick's most recent books are The Last Rescue, (Thomas Nelson, 2014), the follow-up to Howard Wasdin's best-selling Seal Team Six memoir, Redemption (Thomas Nelson, 2012) The Art of Being You (Zondervan, 2010) and Gray Matter (Tyndale House, 2011) all co-authored. Kilpatrick has written and edited three humor books with HarperCollins.
Humor writing brought Kilpatrick's work to national attention. He founded LarkNews.com, the world's leading religion satire website which won the Dove award for humor (officially called the Grady Nutt Humor Award) from the Gospel Music Association in Nashville in 2005. One radio report described his writing as "pithy Christian satire on par with the irreverence of Saturday Night Live and The Onion." Kilpatrick won the top humor prize given by the Evangelical Press Association in 2013, one of a number of EPA awards he has won. He was profiled in Time magazine, in Christianity Today and on NPR, and has been featured twice in USA Today. LarkNews enjoys a million visitors annually, an audience which includes opinion leaders in many industries.
Kilpatrick earned an MS degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York in 1995. He lives in southern California with his wife and five children, most of whom he loves.