Deaconess Joy Jacobs

DeaconessJacobs350Deaconess Joy Jacobs was born on November 16, 1971 to Mr. Frank and Mrs. Evelyn Jacobs of Hempstead, New York. Deaconess Jacobs is proud graduate of the historic Sidney Lanier High School, Montgomery, AL. Upon graduation, she attended Auburn University earning her Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems in 1994 and a Masters of Education in Instructional Design in 1997.

A federal government employee for over 15 years, she began her career at the Judge Advocate General (JAG) School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL, as a computer assistant. In 1999, she joined the Army Civilian Career Program (CP-32) for Instructional Systems Specialists (ISS) and trained for two years at United States Army Infantry School in Fort Benning, GA. Upon completing the program, her first assignment was to the United States Army Air Defense Artillery School at Fort Bliss, TX working in the Quality Assurance Office as the webmaster, online survey developer, and training evaluator.

In 2002, Deaconess Jacobs was reassigned to the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy as the Instructional Systems Specialist for the Directorate of Training. She was promoted to the Chief of Distance Learning and Operations Manager for Interactive Multimedia Instruction (IMI) Cell in 2005, laying the foundation for the Department of the Army’s Structured Self-Development Program. Currently, she is the Senior Instructional Systems Specialist for the Directorate of Training and Education.

In 2013, she was named VIP Woman of the Year in Government/Military by the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). She is an active member of the El Paso Chapter. She is a member of several professional organizations to include Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA), Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA), United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), and the International Women’s Leadership Association (IWLA).

Deaconess Jacobs has been in and apart of the church since childhood. She started out in the Youth Ministry at Union Baptist Church, Hempstead, NY and later at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Montgomery, AL under the pastoral care of the late Reverend Dr. Edward Martin. At the age of 14, she was appointed the Sunday School Secretary, serving in the position until she left for college. In college, she was an instrumental member of the Auburn University Gospel Choir, earning accolades for dedicated service in the alto section. She received the Holy Ghost in 1992 and has been on fire for the Lord ever since.

Currently, Deaconess Jacobs is serving her local church (Word of Life Ministries COGIC) under the tutelage of Superintendent Albert J. and Evangelist Willie Mae Mays. She assists her leaders by serving as Word of Life Board of Directors Secretary, Strategic Planning Committee Secretary, Pastor’s Aide Committee Secretary, Scholarship Program Chairlady, Deacon Board Member, Young Adult Ministry Mentor, Fine Arts Ministry President, Finance Committee, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Worker, Music Department, and Women’s Department. In addition to serving her local church and district, she also serves her jurisdiction as the Women’s Department Scholarship Committee Financial Liaison and as the Jurisdictional AIM Chairlady for the Texas Western Jurisdiction COGIC under the divine leadership of Jurisdictional Prelate Bishop Juan O. Lawson.

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