Born in Kenosha, WI, Joy grew up there and then graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, with a Bachelor of Education degree. She was saved at age eight. After marrying, Bill and Joy spent their first five years with Bill in the US Navy, finishing in Vallejo, California. While working in their home church there, God called them into missionary service. Joy added the three-year Scofield Course to her education. God led Bill and Joy to Hot Springs, SD, in July 2010 to be involved at Cornerstone, where Joy is the Receptionist/Secretary and teaches some missions classes.