Rev. Joy Bugg has served, along side her wife, as Pastor of Edgewood Church since November of 2021. Before leading Edgewood Church, she worked as a community minister in the Edgewood/ Kirkwood neighborhood since 2018, while completely her seminary education at Mercer’s McAfee School of Theology. Before moving to Atlanta in 2017, Joy spent her earlier life in Oklahoma, where she grew up as the third of four girls in a Christian home.
Joy received a Bachelors of Business & Nonprofit Management from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. Stillwater is where Joy met Marquette and were married in 2016. Stillwater is a special place and they return at least every October to celebrate a good ol’ Cowboy Homecoming.
In May 2021, Joy & Marquette also became parents to their baby daughter. Who can be seen in the afternoons, waving to the pigs (which she calls dogs) at the farm next-door.
As a pastor, Joy loves to dig into the richness of the Christian tradition to uncover gifts we forgot we possessed. Some of her favorite times as a pastor are preparing a meal with a new person in the Edgewood community and hearing their story for the first time. When it’s time to get down to business, most emails and admin responsibilities are handled by Joy and an organized spread sheet makes her day.
Her favorite books include An Altar in the World by Barbra Brown Taylor, For the Life of the World by Mirsolv Volf and any book by Malcom Gladwell. In her down time, Joy enjoys audiobooks or multi-part documentary, finding new recipes, hot tea and a short-lived craft project.