Raised in Sante Fe, New Mexico, J.C. Joiner graduated from high school in 1949 and headed for New Mexico State on a football scholarship. A shoulder injury curtailed his athletic career, and he enlisted in the U.S.A.F. and served in the Korean War. While serving in Roswell, N.M., he attended Tabernacle Baptist Church. Under the preaching of Howard Ingram, J.C. realized that even though he had been a Baptist for years, he had never gotten saved. He trusted in Christ as his saviour in the summer of 1953.
There at Tabernacle Baptist Church he met Nita. J.C. and Nita were married in November, 1953. After J.C. was honorably discharged from the Air Force they moved to Springfield, MO where J.C. attended Baptist Bible College. He graduated from the Baptist Bible College (Th.G. 1957), and then attended Tennessee Temple University (B.A. 1959). He has been honored with four doctorates from Baptist Bible College, Springfield, Missouri; Freedom University, Orlando, Florida; Bible Baptist Seminary, San Jose, Costa Rica, and Pacific Coast (Heartland) Baptist College, San Demas, California.
In March 1959, he and Mrs. Nita Joiner established this church in a rented elementary school. In 1973, Tucson Christian School was founded. He and Nita had five children: Jamie, Kim, Paul, Kelly and Brian. After fighting a battle with cancer for six months Nita went on to heaven in November of 2008.
Dr. Joiner has served Christ in a missionary outreach through the Baptist Bible Fellowship International, a Missions Committeeman, Director of B.B.F.I., Trustee of Baptist Bible College, President of Pacific Coast Bible College, San Dimas, California (which is now Heartland Baptist Bible College, OK), and as President of the Western Baptist Bible Fellowship.
For fifty-seven years under Pastor Joiner’s leadership New Testament Baptist Church has been a Bible preaching, soul winning, missions minded church. Well over 300 members have gone out from New Testament Baptist Church to go to Bible College to train for full-time service as preachers, missionaries, school teachers, youth leaders, and faithful servants in local churches, etc.