Joyce will be a great asset on our faculty and deepen our capacity to fulfill our mission. She brings both extensive leadership and advocacy experience as well as a stellar academic career that will advance PSR’s leading-edge programs in community engaged learning. Joyce’s own journey has been deeply shaped by her and her family’s active participation in her Filipino-American United Methodist community in Seattle where she grew up, as well as in a network of communities of color and progressive networks among Evangelical communities. She is an active and outstanding preacher and speaker.
Joyce is a Ph.D. Candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary School of Intercultural Studies, where she expects to defend her dissertation this spring under the working title of “Re-Imaging Mary: a Missiological Approach to Teen Moms.” Her Th.M. thesis was entitled, “Resuscitating Mary: A Missiological Look at Mary as Mother, Marginalized, and Model.” She has an M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she wrote a thesis entitled, “A Study of Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth Ministry,” and a B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Washington.
Joyce returned to graduate education after serving as the Executive Director of New Creation Home Ministries, a residential and outreach program for teen moms in Silicon Valley. Additionally, she has over 20 years of experience running youth programs in various cultural and economic communities, because she says, “my heart beats for the healing and empowerment of low to no income young people.” She served as an Area Director for Young Life in Seattle and in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Her research interests include youth ministry with a special focus on teen moms and urban and multiethnic youth ministry, social justice and racial reconciliation, theological anthropology, marginalized women, and postcolonial Filipino-American theology.
Joyce is on the Board of the Directors for the Christian Community Development Association, where she is committed to encouraging and equipping churches and organizations across the country to transform their neighborhoods through community development. She is also on Fuller Youth Institute’s Expert Advisory Council for the Character and Virtue Development in Youth Ministry (CVDYM) planning project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation.
Stemming from her Filipino heritage and cultivated by the Bay area’s thriving food culture as well as a little bit of Anthony Bourdain’s influence, Joyce enjoys the kind of community, cultural sharing, and joy that food brings. Joyce is excited to join the faculty of PSR in August as well as returning to friends and family in the Bay Area.