Rev. Joy uses the name Desta in her website for a reason. Desta is a name of African Amharic origin meaning “joy”.  She first heard the name from her spiritual father as he shared the meaning of the names of his twin daughters. The middle name of one daughter is Desta. The joy of the Lord is Rev. Joy’s strength. As she answered God’s call to share her testimony through Deliverance Is Available To You: Motivation to Move Forward, she chose to use Desta as part of her website address.

“Desta is Joy”. Happiness is based on our situations and circumstances. If things are going well we are happy, but if they not going well we are unhappy. Joy however is based on our strength in the Lord. Regardless of what is going on around us we can count it ALL joy. That is why “mydestaisjoy” and Rev. Joy is motivated to move forward and do the things that God is calling her to do. The joy of the Lord was her strength as she walked through a season of depression. Today she can JOYfully say, “I have been delivered and set free”.

Rev. Joy L. Wilkerson, a native of Roxboro, NC, has been a Memphis , TN resident since 1998.  She is an Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, and is an associate minister at Saint Andrew AME Church.  Rev. Joy lives by Philippians 4:6 and truly believes in presenting everything to God with praise and thanksgiving.

Rev. Joy has been spreading the gospel via The Word e-mail devotional for over ten years.  She is passionate about motivating others to move forward and walk worthy of the calling God has for their lives.  The Lord called Joy to write the vision and make it plain as she shares her testimony so others can be delivered and set free. Her second book, Moving Forward:Daily Devotions for the Journey provides daily inspiration to stay focused on the things of God.

Rev. Joy earned a B.S. in Accounting, summa cum laude, from N.C. A & T State University and an MBA from The University of Michigan. As her relationship with the Lord increased, she was led to seminary.  She graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) from Memphis Theological Seminary (MTS) in May 2009. She returned to MTS in 2013 to pursue her Masters of Divinity and gratefully graduated cum laude in May 2017.

Rev. Joy has been published in The A.M.E. Church Review. She is employed as a Program Design Analyst with a major third party administrator in the Memphis area.  She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.  She is the owner of one toy poodle named Jenks.