Local youth pastor breaks neck mountain biking

A northeast Missouri pastor is hospitalized after suffering serious injuries while mountain biking in Colorado.

Joe Vincent, youth pastor at The Crossing church in Kirksville, was biking Wednesday when his bike flipped and threw him to the ground.

The 31-year-old Vincent broke his neck and an arm in the incident.

His wife, Leah, told KTVO Thursday that her husband has shown no signs of any paralysis as a result of the broken neck, and he is expected to make a full recovery from the injuries.

She said doctors told them if Joe hadn't been wearing a helmet, he most likely would have been killed.

Vincent had taken a youth group from The Crossing out to Colorado.

He's currently a patient at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.