Meet our Staff

SENIOR PASTOR – ED THOMAS and his wife, Mary Louise, have a wonderful family, including 6 grandkids and 6 “kids” (3 sons and 3 goats!). A former graphic artist and cartoonist, he still loves communication – preaching and teaching. He also loves the Spirit of Joy family he has served for nearly 20 years.

Romans 8 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the [incredible] love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

PASTOR OF RETREATS AND MISSION – CONDA LASHLEY retired from a 32-year career in information technology in 2015, went to seminary … and became a pastor! He says, “The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful wife, two beautiful daughters, and 30+ years of Spirit of Joy family memories.

Romans 15 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

PASTOR FOR FAMILIES AND YOUTH – SCOTT ELLIOTT is the father of two young girls and is married to the Director of Material Archives at the Billy Graham Association. One of his greatest joys is watching youth lead – using the gifts God has given them.

John 14 Jesus said …, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” 

FAITH DEVELOPMENT AND COUNSELING – KRISTEN JAMISON is a wife, mom and artist with an affinity for great Bible studies, coffee, and Hallmark movies. She is a graduate of Columbia International Seminary with a degree in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Formation.

Ephesians 3 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC – RHONDA MAUNEY loves being the wife of Chris and mom of Jackie and Gabriel. She says, “Glory to God! I have had the honor of leading our music ministry for 15 years … and the joy of saving vision as an optometrist for 23 years!”

Revelation 21 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” And the one who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” 

VISITATION – KAREN WEINER who gets to ‘love on’ our eldest members, is the longest tenured staff member of Spirit of Joy (20+ years). She loved raising her three children with her husband of 36 years, who is encouraging her to ride bikes with him.

Psalm 118 24 This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

ADMINISTRATOR – TRACY WELCH loves serving her Spirit of Joy family. She and her husband have three grown children and two grandchildren they adore.

Psalm 46 10 “Be still, and know that I am God!”

ACCOMPANIST – IAN FAIRES , in addition to helping lead worship at Spirit of Joy, is a band and choral director, a personal trainer, and a deli worker at Fresh Market.

Proverbs 22 6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

BOOKKEEPER – VICKIE CECIL has been married to Billy for 37 years! Long-term members of this church they love Spirit of Joy and have been greatly blessed! They are proud parents of 5 and even prouder grandparents of 8.

Numbers 6 24 The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.