092: Tim Herbel—the “Accept-ional” Not Your Average Joe coffee shop employee

by | Mar 23, 2022

Tim Herbel watched his nephew, born with cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus, be excluded at school, in the community, and at church and vowed he would spend his life championing the cause for inclusion for people like him. That opportunity came in the form of a not-for-profit coffee shop named Not Your Average Joe.

In this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast, Tim tells how he made the journey from preacher to champion for employing, what he calls “Accept-ional” people in a chain of coffee shops currently in Norman, Oklahoma City, and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.


Store manager, Maggie Bond, helps Kate learn the till at the Broken Arrow store

Volunteer Martha Lewis with her son, Paul and Tim

Tim with daughter Kinsey

Danielle Robinson with News 9’s Amanda Taylor

Kyle Parker (l), NYAJ COO, unpacks product while Mr. John (r) tends the counter.

Recording the Spirit of Leadng podcast at the Midtown OKC NYAJ location