An Episcopal layman with an academic background in religious history and the broader humanities, Joe Goldkamp is a vestryman at the Church of St. Michael and St. George in St. Louis, Missouri. A sixth-generation native of St. Louis and a descendent of a long line of German Roman Catholics, he found a faithful expression of his Catholic and Evangelical faith in the Episcopal Church at the age of 15 through the theological edification and the worship of the Lord in the beauty of holiness in the Anglican tradition.
Joe attended Hampden-Sydney College for three years and completed his undergraduate studies in English and American literature at Washington University in St. Louis in 2006. He also holds two Master of Arts degrees: the first in religion (history of Christianity) from Yale in 2011 and the second in liberal arts from the Graduate Institute of St. John’s College, Annapolis, in 2012. Joe has lived in Baltimore, New Haven, and on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. In each city, he attended Episcopal parishes: Old St. Paul’s Church, Baltimore; Christ Church, New Haven; and St. Thomas Church in the City of New York. He is development associate for the Living Church Foundation.
He has been married to Kate (née Michelson), a native of San Francisco, since 2009; they have resided in St. Louis since June 2011. Joe is an active member of many civic organizations and sits on the boards of several institutions in the St. Louis area. An avid oenophile, he plays tennis and platform tennis, and collects books, prints, silver, and obscure St. Louisiana. With much gratitude to his father, he also loves music ranging from 1980s post-punk to sacred. Joe also owns and wears a superfluity of bow ties.