Joy was founded in 2016 by Pastors Jake and Bethany Schmelzer, with a small group of friends and a mission to reach the lost people in our community. We quickly outgrew our pastor's living room and God opened a door to meet at our local community center.
God added to our numbers people who were being saved, as well as people seeking church family. We moved from the community center to Regal Cinemas at Valley River Center. It was a fantastic place to invite people to attend church--plus the chairs were super comfy! From here we served our community and saw many more people come to know Christ.
In 2019, God gave us an amazing opportunity to purchase the former Skateworld building in Springfield. Through a series of miraculous events and the generosity of many, we have purchased the building and rennovated it into the amazing facility it is today!
We are making plans to build a giant indoor kids play structure in our facility to bless our families and be open to our local community during the week. God has done many incredible acts to bring us to where we are now, and we can't wait to see where else He takes us as we Love God, Love People, and Make Disciples.