Joel is an ordained minister in the PCA and a member of Providence Presbytery in north Alabama. He was born in South Korea into a family of missionaries. Judy was born in Taiwan into a non-Christian family. They were married in 1998, and soon after, God called them to Taiwan to a lifetime service of church planting and evangelism. The Linton's have five daughters.
In 2002, the Linton's moved to Taiwan to begin their work. They helped start New Hope Church in Taipei in January 2003.They are planning on beginning a completely new church planting work targeting a rural area across the mountains from Taipei.