The Reverend Timothy Biel Jr. was featured in a Faces of Faith article in the March 1 issue of the Southtown Star newspaper. At age 13 he took his first trip to Appalachia to help people in need. He was preaching at youth Sunday services at age 14 and at 18 began leading worship services on a regular basis. While attending Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where he earned his master of divinity degree, Biel pastored inner-city churches in Boston and Chicago. In 2007, he was ordained at his denomination’s annual conference in St. Charles, IL.