About us

Our Pastors


Joe Nuckols

Lead Pastor

Joe Nuckols serves as the lead pastor at Pathway Visalia and teaches on Sunday mornings. He accepted Jesus as his Savior in October of 1999. He has enjoyed teaching the Word of God in various ministries to various age groups over the past 20 years, with most of this time spent serving as a high school youth leader and pastor. He spent shorter periods as a young adult Sunday school teacher and children’s ministry teacher. He has also served many years as an elder.  

Joe graduated from Golden West High School here in Visalia, and also has both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Fresno State.


His wife Sandra has been by his side for the past 34 years providing loving support, encouragement, and prayers! They have two adult daughters, Ashley and Amanda, who also love the Lord!


Kevin Mizner

Executive Pastor

Kevin Mizner serves as the executive pastor at Pathway Visalia and teaches the Wednesday evening Bible studies. Over the past 25 years, Kevin has served as an associate pastor, elder, deacon, and church administrator. He has led a wide range of personal and group ministries, including children’s ministry, small groups, home fellowships, biblical counseling, and a faith-based recovery ministry.  


Kevin graduated from Hanford High School, has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Development from Fresno Pacific and also a master’s degree in Public Administration from Fresno State.


He is married to Bonnie and they have five adult children and 10 grandchildren.  


Mike Buford

Pastor Emeritas

Mike Buford serves as our Pastor Emeritas  at Pathway Visalia. He has been in ministry for over 35 years. During that time he has served in the capacity of youth pastor, missions and outreach pastor, police chaplain, rapid response chaplain, and executive pastor. 


Mike graduated from Redwood High School in Visalia, attended College of the Sequoias, and holds a certificate in Human Resource Management.


Mike has been married to his beautiful wife and closest friend Terri since 1974. He has one daughter, Trisha and her husband Eric, and one son Mike and his wife Malaine. His very favorite thing to do is to hang out with his 5 grandkids: Reece, Carson, Olivia, Reagan, and Quincy.