OUR HISTORY

Our Story

 Discover the Joy has been inspriring women for over 30 years. We've enjoyed a weekend of laugh-out-loud humor, life-challenging messages, inspirational worship, mentoring breakouts, and more! We desire to provide a place for women to connect, deepen their faith, enjoy an atmosphere of encouragement, love, and genuine sense of belonging, returning to our day-to-day lives changed, empowered, and vibrant.


A Look Back...


2017 – Discover the Joy welcomed Nicole Eunice, author of “She’s Got Issues." She is a gifted communicator and woman of authentic faith. The theme for the event was “Flourishing.” For our Saturday evening sessions we welcomed Christian Comedian, Mark Lowry.


2016 – “More than Conquerors” was celebrated as testimonies of overcomers were shared. Haley Morgan Smith, musician and talented speaker, challenged us with her heart-felt messages.


2015 - Gloria Gaither and Mark Lowry were our special guests for the weekend. Gloria Gaither, “Songwriter of the Century,” challenged us to make a difference and grow deeper in our walk with God.


2013 – We enjoyed hearing the story of “Heaven is For Real” from Sonja Burpo, mother of Colton. The reality of Heaven and the truth of this little boy’s testimony was inspirational.


2012  – Newel and Colleen Cerak, parents of Whitney Cerak and co-authors of “Mistaken Identity,” shared their tremendous testimony of God’s grace during the loss of their daughter. They were notified later that the identifications were mixed up and Whitney was alive.


2011 – We celebrated our 25th year of DTJ with special guest, Damarus Carbaugh. Damarus is an accomplished singer and speaker. Her rich voice and deep messages were an inspiration to all. 


2010Ashley Smith Robinson, author of “Unlikely Angel.” Ashley shared her story of God’s goodness through her addiction recovery and His hand on her being held hostage by a man that had killed a judge and others in an Atlanta Court Room.


2009 – Discover the Joy welcomed Evelyn Husband Thompson, widow of Commander Rick Husband of the Columbia Space Shuttle in 2003 and author of “High Calling.” Evelyn’s message of hope and living a life empowered to face tragedy, even when it doesn’t work out according to the intended plan.

 

Our Core Values

- Seeing lives transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit

- Building and strengthening relationships with other women

- Bringing a message of hope, peace, and joy to hurting women

- Honoring God through his ministry and beyond

Our Mission & Vision

It is our mission to host a weekend for women to worship and to be challenged and reached for Christ. Discover the Joy exists to demonstrate to women that true freedom is found in a personal relationship with Christ, surrendered to His calling for a life of true joy and happiness with lasting fulfillment.