Joy L Wilkerson, a scrupulous note taker with an ear for excellence, started an email ministry by providing synopses of other’s work. After a journey with depression, her email ministry served as the launch pad for her career as an author. Challenged to be transparent, she shared her testimony from depression to deliverance. She now uses her thought provoking devotions and social media broadcast to encourage others to move forward and do what God is calling them to do. 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. Her Lent devotional, Journey to SonRise, encourages others to example their life after Christ.

Rev. Joy is working on a Journey Series of devotional journals: Joy, Love, Hope & Peace. 50 Day Journey of Joy was released in November 2018 and Journey of Love: Devotions from the Heart was released in Fall 2019. She married the love of her life in May 2020 and is now Joy Wilkerson Yancy. Joy W. Yancy will release the third book in the series, Journey of Hope: 52 Exercises of Faith in December 2020. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks. Join Joy W. Yancy on Facebook LIVE 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, Christian Recorder and The Anvil Annual Resource Guide 2019-2020. Rev. Joy is employed as a Data Consultant/Auditor 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.