Born in Port-au-Prince on October 9, 1960, Dr. Joël Hilaire, having graduated from the University of Haiti’s School of Medicine and Pharmacy in August 1986, specialized in internal medicine before immigrating to the United States on the advice of his father. His primary goal was to continue his medical studies in Europe, particularly in Germany. However, because of his religious convictions built since his early childhood based on the teaching of the body of Christ, and because of the charming face of Claire Jean-Louis, currently his wife of twenty-nine years, he had to change his plan. He accepted the judicious counsel of his father to come to the United States instead, as at that time, the message regarding the body of Christ, preached since April 1967 in Haiti by a missionary of Yugoslavia descent, Nick Gruick, hadn’t yet reached Europe.
For his more than twenty-five years living in the States, Dr. Hilaire has worked in public health (Miami), oncology (Moffitt Cancer Center–Tampa), and internal medicine / cardiology (Tampa), while faithfully attending church and continuing to serve as a student minister. On November 30, 2007, he was ordained in the ministry, and since then he has been the pastor of Orlando Gospel Assembly in Orlando, Florida, where he resides with his family.
In addition to this current publication, Ye Are the Body of Christ (2017), Dr. Joël Hilaire is the author of the following:
On the Other Side of the Desk (2005), a true story dealing with cancer, where he relates the amazing journey of his beloved late sister-in-law and dear friend, Margareth Joseph, affectionately tagged MJ, and three other friends facing breast or pancreatic cancer
Fantaisie de ma Jeunesse (2011), a book of poetry written largely in French, with a few poems in English.
Gemstone (2018), poetry in English.