Dr. Emery was born to two Presbyterian pastors and grew up in Puyallup, Washington. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1978, and experienced a profound call to ordained ministry while at San Francisco Seminary with her husband David. They were ordained together on November 1, 1981.
Since then, Joyce has served as an educator and youth worker at a large church in Napa, California, started a new worshipping community in Rockville, California, served as a solo pastor in rural Colorado, and was a Presbytery Executive in New Jersey. From 2007-2012, Dr. Emery served as Transitional Executive for the Synod of Alaska-Northwest covering all of Washington, Northern Idaho, and Alaska. She received her Doctorate of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2010. Most recently she served as Pastor at Salmon Creek United Methodist Church in Vancouver, Washington.
Throughout these diverse ministry experiences, passion for pastoral care has been a constant. Dr. Emery loves meeting people where they are with the amazing good news of God’s love exhibited to us in Jesus Christ.
In her free time, Joyce sews and gardens, and loves to dive into good conversations with believers of any age. She and her husband, the Rev. Dr. David C. Emery, have raised four children (one girl and three boys) and now enjoy eight grandchildren. After Joyce was called by National, David received a call to serve as the Interim Pastor at Ashburn Presbyterian Church in Virginia.