Pastors James and Greta Laughlin love to witness the power of God’s Word and Spirit as it transforms a person’s heart, mind, spirit and soul. Their creative, inspirational, and relevant sermons cause people to consider where they are on their journey of loving Jesus Christ and motivate them onward. Pastors James & Greta have a deep passion in their hearts to help people experience the grace, love and strength of our Heavenly Father. Joy Community Church is a place where everybody can find hope, find love, and find God in a practical way. Our desire is for you to experience the awesome touch of God in your personal life today.
Pastor Greta Laughlin is an Assistant Pastor at Joy Community Church and she is committed to seeing Christians grow in their faith to the point of overflowing in fruitfulness and fulfillment. Her passion for the Word of God dovetails with this as preaching and teaching the Bible builds a strong foundation in people’s lives for growth. In addition to being the Senior Pastor’s wife, Pastor Greta is the Area Leader of “Grow” at Joy Community Church and the Director of International Missions. She also has been an active advocate for racial harmony within her church and fellowship. Her dream is to give her life to making God’s dreams come true.
As the Executive Pastor at Joy Community Church, I have the privilege to equip many amazing people, both staff and volunteers, to serve the Lord Jesus Christ! I get to rub shoulders with some of God’s greatest servants and assist them in practical ways to do what He has called them to do in the very best way they can! Ministry activities for me range from overseeing amazing interns, to helping develop budgets, keeping our facilities looking their absolute best, and developing new strategies to do ministry better!
My wife Michelle and I have been blessed to be a part of this church since the mid-1980s. We both came to know Jesus as our Lord through this church and were married here in 1994. Together we have been blessed to raise our four awesome kids Cassandra, Ian, Ariana & Andrew here at Joy! We appreciate being a part of seeing God’s heart of love demonstrated in such a tangible way here at Joy, both to our community and all around the world!
When I’m not involved in ministry, I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, cooking on occasion, playing and listening to music, as well as several outdoor activities like running or taking a walk through the woods.
We have had the privilege of being on staff at Joy Community Church since 2007. As assistant pastors, we have oversight of the choir and orchestra, and shepherd men and women weekly in Bible study. We counsel men and women as well as pre marital and married couples. Between the two of us we also serve on the intercessory prayer team, altar prayer team, Expressive worship ministry team (flags, dance and drama) and as worship leaders .It is a joy to serve wherever we are asked.
We have been active teachers, musicians and pastors of worship and worship arts for over 38 years, again truly our joy and privilege! Our greatest passion (after Christ) is our family. We are the parents of four wonderfully talented and eclectic adult children, Benjamin, Christopher, Jonathan and Cherise…and the grandparents of 7.
Annie has been the office administrator at Joy Community Church since 1989. She considers it a priviledge to have been able to serve the two previous pastors and the current pastor, James Laughlin as his executive secretary. Along with connecting with those who come to Joy for the first time and communications within the church, she uses her accounting degree from Oswego State University to help with the church’s financial books. Besides loving her job at Joy, she owns a craft business called His Creations and loves to cook and bake.
My name is Cherise Parris and I am 27 years-old. I have been a member of Joy Community Church since January 2011 and I have been the Youth Director since August; God’s plans never cease to amaze me! I am honored to be in this position and I have already experienced so much with the amazing youth at this church. From backpack drives to hallelujah parties, the youth ministry is eager to serve and spread Christ’s love. I am excited to see what the Lord has in store next!
I also serve as a worship leader, am a member of the altar prayer ministry and I’m the leader over our flag ministry. I love serving the Lord and His people, it’s what we have been put here to do!
I came to Joy Community Church in 2007 along with my loving husband Eula. I enjoy sharing Christ and encouraging people. I am in the Choir because I love praising God through song. I am also involved in the visitation team and prayer team. I am also the proud Mom of three children and six grandchildren and I love Jesus.