Associate Pastor &
Director of Children’s Ministry
Joy is the Associate Pastor at Skyland and also oversees the Children’s Ministry, Small Groups, and the Missions Committee. She also shares pastoral care duties. One of her passions is connecting the church to the community through school, which she has done with a partnership with Estes Elementary. She is also the liaison between the church and the Around the Son Preschool and is the Chapel Leader for the preschool.
Joy grew up in Butner, outside of the Raleigh/Durham area. After high school, she received degrees in Psychology from Appalachian State and Occupational Therapy at East Carolina. She moved to Asheville in 1994 and started her first careeras a pediatric OT at Thoms Rehab. While she loved OT, she was not content and her heart kept nudging her to ministry. When God has a plan for you, He works fast because she left OT on a Friday, had an interview and within two weeks she was starting on her path to ministry! She was at Fletcher United Methodist for seven years and while there she received her Masters in Christian Education and seminary degree. She was ordained as a deacon in 2016. She now feels like she is in her groove!
Joy is a proud parent to her teenage son, Mark. Her mom also has recently come to live with them. They have two pets who are dearly loved and spoiled,a dog Wesley and cat, Tux. In addition to enjoying time with her family and working, Joy enjoys hiking, trying new resturants with friends, kayaking, reading and making cookies to support Mark at the Fire Department! Joy’s other loves include Carolina Basketball, the Wizard of Oz, and playing her trumpet on special occasions at church.
Her favorite verse is Romans 8:28
“In all things,God works for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.”