In February 1999, JOY leased a small wood framed house on Reidville Road. The site served as an office and a gathering place. On March 7, 1999, JOY celebrated the first worship service in the rented banquet area in the clubhouse of River Falls Plantation. On September 17, 1999, fifty-five members signed the Charter of JOY Lutheran Church. JOY had taken root in Christ and was growing.
As JOY grew, the church needed room to spread. On March 5, 2000, JOY celebrated the first service in new, expanded space, a beautifully converted warehouse in the Mendel Hawkins building on Reidville Road. Meanwhile, negotiations were underway for the purchase of property on Highway 290 in Duncan. May 12, 2000, a historic date in the growth of JOY, marked the closing on the property that would be the new home of JOY Lutheran Church. The vision had become a reality. JOY is a community rooted in Christ and Growing in JOY.
As the ministry of Joy grew so did the need for more space. Throughout the next several years the congregation continued to acquire extra space in the Mendel Hawkins building to accommodate the growing church. On February 11, 2001, Joy became an officially organized congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The next several years were very important in the life of the congregation. The people of Joy discerned what God’s mission was for them at this time and place. Outreach ministries began to flourish and welcoming the stranger into our midst became a strong foundation for all that was to take place in the life of the church.
On February 1, 2004, the people of Joy gathered on their snow covered property and broke ground for the 13,000 square foot building that would soon house the ministries of the church. In November of that same year congregational members joined together to move the ministries of Joy from the temporary location on Reidville Road to the permanent location where the church now resides. With great excitement and thanksgiving, the congregation dedicated their new building, a wonderful tool for ministry, on December 19, 2004. The new building now serves as our place of worship, fellowship, community outreach, and even houses homeless families on a quarterly basis. Joy Lutheran Church is still green and growing and the disciples of God at Joy look forward to the ways in which God will empower them and guide them in living Christ-like lives every day..