Joy S. Taylor, mother of 5, grandmother of 8 so far, sister to 3 siblings, and sister in Christ to all who follow Jesus, is author of compelling collections of poetry. That’s me in author bios. Let me give a more personal perspective.

I earned a Master’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. I had the privilege to lead the DivorceCare support group at First Christian Church of Florissant (FCCF), MO. I started also working in leadership for Celebrate Recovery from its inception at First Christian Church of Florissant (FCCF) in Florissant , Missouri.

In 2012, I handed the leadership of the DivorceCare ministry over to a beautiful and capable sister in Christ, and I began serving as the Assistant Ministry Leader for Celebrate Recovery at FCCF. In addition, a couple summers have found me in the classroom as team teacher of  the ladies Tuesday evening Bible studies. I am looking forward to teaching a writing segment for the WISE (Women in Search of Excellence) conference this fall and trying out my newly written Bible study in the coming months.

I founded Joy in Verse Ministry, Inc., to praise God, promote Christian poetry and point to Jesus in 2009.  The ministry seeks to send encouraging messages to listeners through my poetry, coupled with Bible verses. Your donation and purchase of one of my books helps pay for the expenses of maintaining the podcast show, ‘Joy in Verse.’  Will you prayerfully consider joining my project to spread encouragement while promoting Christian poetry?  You may use the “Donate” button to contribute to the radio ministry through Paypal.

I expanded the Joy in Verse outreach to build a greater circle of influence and platform on the internet. I am excited about the possibilities God is leading me toward. Go to and listen as often as you like to any one of the ‘audioblogs.’

My work is cut out for me. There were about 130 encouragement verses that played on a local radio station for three years. I am adapting them to podcast format every week and releasing a new episode each Tuesday morning. Give them a listen and tell me what you think.

As I grow closer to that time my job description changes from full-time accountant to full-time ministry through the blessing of achieving retirement age, I look forward to the dream God has laid on my heart to host retreats for women affected by abortion. My work in Celebrate Recovery has brought the need of these ladies front and center in my reality. It is a deep need, and I am praying for wisdom in the best way to address it.

Findings:  My Journey to joy points you to the Master Healer, who fills in all the holes in your being which living leaves behind.  Miles of life’s road lie between where I travel today and the point at which I started. My second compilation of Christian poetry, Finding Brighter Days,  released August 2, 2011, addresses the ups and downs we all experience . God’s grace entwines among the thorns of life and leads me to a life of victory in Christ.

Joy’s endorsements include:

“Findings: My Journey to joy is a delightful compilation of thoughtful and challenging poetry.  The author will take you on her journey and have you experiencing the emotional roller coaster that brought her though these challenging times in her life.  The author has poured her heart and soul into this book and I know that you will enjoy her journey.”

Charles E. Seevers, Director of Kids for Christ International

“Joy S. Taylor has used her God-given gift in an outstanding compilation of truth with hope, reality with inspiration, and man’s universal dilemma with God’s promise. She beautifully weaves together theological, biblical, biographical and practical insights so that the reader cannot miss the dynamic personal application.”

Dr. Debra Peppers, Host of Radio/Television, National Teachers Hall of Fame

Does your church have a Women’s Ministry for conferences and gatherings? Would you like a dynamic speaker to add to the festivities, or a workshop to interest your participants? Seek Joy!


The Joy in Verse Poetry Workshop  with Joy S. Taylor

Enjoy a fun, inspirational, interactive, upbeat workshop.  Learn how to use words artistically in writing and how to use voice inflection and timing in reading poetry.  Bring your work and get a chance to read before a group of ardent supporters—other poetry lovers. This is NOT an English class, far from it.  Come, express yourself! Come, learn how to become a published author.

Book a workshop through the “Contact” form.

Contact Joy via email at, or by phone at 314-398-2054.

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I am currently transitioning between publishers.  If you would like a copy of “Findings: My Journey to Joy” or “Finding Brighter Days“, please click the appropriate links.