Joel Ward (Crystal Palace)

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace)

He may be a Premier League player, but growing up in a Christian family has helped Joel Ward understand about what matters in life.

Joel Ward 2012

He may be a Premier League player, but growing up in a Christian family has helped Joel Ward understand about what matters in life. The Crystal Palace full-back was part of the Eagles‘ promotion team in 2013 and impressed in his first year in the top flight under new boss Tony Pulis. Joel, aged 24, is a committed Christian who believes God has helped him reach the top. He wants to use his influence as a believer to help spread the gospel message. He says, ‘For me, l want to be an influence in the world of football, in my club, in the league and lower leagues; to be able to stand up and to be known as a Christian. Christians can be into sports — we’re not weirdoes. We are normal people. l don’t think I’d be where l am if I didn’t have my faith. It’s probably been the biggest part of my life and in my career so far. Joel joined the Selhurst Park outfit from Portsmouth in a £400,000 move. He is popular with their fans and has dreams of playing for England — but football isn’t the defender’s only priority. ‘l realise football isn’t necessarily everything.’ he says. ‘l grew up in a church and I’ve always had a passion for making an impact and being an influence in people’s lives in a positive way and through the church. ‘l realise for a boy I’m blessed to do what l do. God is my rock viagra without a doctor prescription. When you’re injured or when you’re not on form or all the things that could go wrong are going wrong one at a time, at least God has my back, l can rest on Him.’

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