Joel Hawbaker

Joel Hawbaker

Blended/Stepfamily Coach (Special passions: teachers, first responders)

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." - JRR Tolkien

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PRICE: $120 / Hour


My parents divorced when I was in middle school, and now 25 years later I'm a divorced and remarried father of two teenage daughters. In addition to a lifetime of experience, I have spent the past few years researching and studying all different types of blended families (stepfamilies, adoptive families, foster families). As a result, I am now able to help complex blended families figure out the best ways to solve problems and move forward. Through interviews and diagnostics, I help the adults figure out the 2-3 biggest issues they want to change. Then we work through my Complete Blended Family Toolkit, learning and applying universal principles to their unique family circumstances to build a plan for moving forward. Finally, we walk together through 8 weeks of intensive coaching, using 1:1 video calls, emails, texting, and Voxer, in order to get your family back on track and keep it there. In addition, I do regular 3-month and 6-month check-ups to re-evaluate and make sure your family is still heading where you want it to go. Success looks like this: your family is stronger, more cooperative, more positive, and more stable than it was before, and it is set up for the future.


  • B.A. History - Covenant College (GA), 2004
  • Westbrook Christian School - Middle/High School Teacher of the Year (2014-2015)
  • 2019 Alabama State Cup Soccer Champions (Division II) - 04 Girls, Back-to-back AHSAA (Alabama) Girls Soccer State Runner-Up (2016, 2017)
  • #1 Amazon Bestseller - 'Inverted Leadership: Lead Others Better By Forgetting About Yourself'


  • Blended/Stepfamily Coach

    I help blended and stepfamilies learn to live together more positively and cooperatively by teaching the adults to think, speak, and act in a way that is constructive for building stronger long-term relationships.

  • Leadership Speaker/Coach

    I help young adults lead with confidence, courage, and humility so that they can lead more effectively by serving others. Book title: 'Inverted Leadership: Lead Others Better By Forgetting About Yourself'

Joel was a real encouragement to me when my wife and I were struggling...

"Joel was a real encouragement to me when my wife and I were struggling. He gave me real insight to what I could do to make my wife feel more secure in our marriage and steps to prevent situations that could cause further insecurities between us. His Godly advice played a key role in the strengthening of our relationship!"
— Bryan

Information and Experience...

"Joel and his teaching have helped guide our family in the direction we needed. I am appreciative of the information and experience he and his family bring to the table and will use this as we continue our blended journey. Thanks!"
— Jessica

With people like Joel in our corner, I believe it will work out beautifully!

“I was referred to Joel after chatting with friends about some of the struggles my then-boyfriend and I were dealing with. I contacted Joel when we were really struggling with one particular issue we couldn’t seem to get through concerning the kids. Joel took the time to find out the history of what was going on and offered many great suggestions to try and so much encouragement to keep working on what sounded like a fixable issue. His knowledge on the subject of blended family life and step-parenting is so relevant because of his own experiences with his family. That’s so helpful and brings peace of mind to our situation knowing he’s not speaking on a topic he picked up out of an instructional book, but rather out of personal experience and much prayer and seeking God’s help and wisdom. He’s recommended things that we haven’t thought about trying and to our benefit, they’ve worked! We know this won’t be easy, but so worth it! With people like Joel In our corner, I believe it will work out beautifully!”
— Kristen

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