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Our Mission
The mission of Joy of Jesus is to equip urban youth to lead and succeed; to positively influence their families and environment through exciting Christ-centered programs that can be replicated.

Our History
Joy of Jesus is a faith-based nonprofit organization founded in 1976 by the late Reverend Eddie K. Edwards. The ministry was founded as a result of prayer, fasting and crying out to the Lord to help the young people in the City of Detroit, Michigan. Since its inception, Joy of Jesus has developed programs that enhance academic achievement, build leadership skills, and promote self-sufficiency in young adults and their communities. Joy of Jesus has received recognition and numerous awards over the years for the impact made in the lives of youth, their families and communities. One of those awards was the 107th Points of Light Award received in 1990 from President George H. Bush for its work in the community.

On June 22, 2001, at the “A Joyful Celebration” event celebrating 25 years of faithful service to youth, families and churches, Reverend Edwards retired and handed the mantle of responsibility for Joy of Jesus to Pastor Allen T. Sheffield. Pastor Sheffield had served Joy of Jesus with Rev. Edwards in various capacities over the previous 10 years. Prior to becoming President of Joy of Jesus, Pastor Sheffield served as its Chairman of the Board for three years. | Back to top

Statement of Faith
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son, is fully God and became truly human through His virgin birth. His sinless life, voluntary death, shed blood, and bodily resurrection were necessary and sufficient for the redemption of man—the justification of sinners through faith in Him. He will return to earth in glory.

We believe the Holy Spirit is fully God. Through His power and presence, He is the effective agent in the new birth, and through His indwelling, empowers the believer for godly living and service.

We believe that God created man in his image as a moral and rational being. The historic fall of man into sin and his disobedience, individually and corporately, produced divine condemnation.

We believe the redeemed will be resurrected to the everlasting presence and enjoyment of God, and the unredeemed will be resurrected to judgment and everlasting punishment. | Back to top

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