In 1995 a member of Compass invited Joe to worship. At the time Joe was on drugs, even though he was in business, and had a huge temper. This member of Compass had been to his auto body shop for some repairs and developed a friendship, detected this in Joe, and invited him to meet him in worship. Finally Joe came and sat in the back and was amazed at the relevance. He wept through most of the service because he knew he was addicted and in a downward spiral. …Soon thereafter Joe became a Christian while involved in Youth Ministry with Joel, and then got in Bible study with Pastor Mike. Jesus completely transformed him.
Joe has been married to Vanessa for 30+ years. Vanessa started coming to Compass about a year after Joe to see why he kept going, shortly after she also accepted Christ. They have 2 daughters, Brittany & Ashley.
Jesus delivered him from his addictions, including anger, restored his marriage, and enabled Joe to become a better businessman. Today Malone’s Auto Body Shop is one of the largest and most respected auto shops in Salinas. This is largely due to his transformation and relationships with employees as well as his integrity. If you met Joe today, it would be hard to believe what he was like 19 years ago.
You may have seen on KION stories about Joe giving repaired cars away to needy single mothers. KION has made this a regular feature. It’s just one of the many ways Joe is generous. And witnesses to Jesus and to the difference Compass has made. He always insists on this during the filming. Moreover, Joe gives felons and other people who have been in trouble a 2nd chance by hiring them. His shop is an amazing place where Jesus has enormous influence on men, many of whom now come to Compass.
He has been an Elder previously, and now we are very happy he’s accepted nomination for another term. Joe is a living example of the difference Jesus makes.