Rev. Joy lives by Philippians 4:6 and truly believes in presenting everything to God with praise and thanksgiving. The joy of the Lord is her strength. Happiness is based on our circumstances but joy is based on our strength in the Lord. Regardless of what is going on around us we can count it ALL joy. Rev. Joy counts it all joy as she shares her testimony from depression to deliverance in Deliverance Is Available To You: Motivation to Move Forward. She is motivated to move forward and do the things God is calling her to do and encourages others to do the same.

Rev. Joy has been spreading the gospel via The Word e-mail devotional for over fifteen years. In her devotional, Moving Forward: Daily Devotions for the Journey, she provides encouragement to the reader on their journey through life. She recently released a Lent devotional, Journey to SonRise, encouraging others to example their life after Christ. Rev. Joy is also working on the sequel to Deliverance is Available to You which deals with dismantling distractions that keep us from our God-given purpose. She recently began a monthly Facebook live where she shares wisdom and encouragement. Join Rev. Joy on the final Friday of each month at 6:33 a.m. CST for “Final Friday Word”.

Rev. Joy, a Roxboro, N.C. native, is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and serves as Pastor of Mt. Herman AME Church in Millington, TN. Previously she was on staff at St. Andrew AME Church in Memphis, TN. Rev. Joy earned an M.Div. (2017) and MAR (2009) from Memphis Theological Seminary. She has a B.S. in Accounting, summa cum laude, from N.C. A&T State University (1991) and an MBA from The University of Michigan (1996). She has been published in The A.M.E. Church Review.

Rev. Joy is employed as a Data Consultant with a major third party administrator in the Memphis area. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. For more information go to Why “desta”? Desta is a name of African Amharic origin meaning “joy” introduced by her father in the ministry as it is the middle name of one of his twin daughters. Joy is a fruit of the spirit and it is the center of everything Rev. Joy does.