Pastor Timothy L. Poston
Began service in 2015
Pastor Timothy L. Poston is the only child of Dr. and Mrs. Tom and Jean Poston and was raised in Raleigh and Garner, NC. He graduated from Davidson College with a B.A. in Religion; from Yale Divinity School with an M.A.R. in Historical Theology; and from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia with an M.Div. He received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from Davidson College and completed a year of internship at Genesis Lutheran Church in Detroit, MI.
Pastor Poston has served as pastor of Mediator Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, PA; of Holy Cross Lutheran Church outside Atlanta, GA; and of Joy of Discovery Lutheran Mission in Raleigh, NC. He has served on Synod Council, as a Conference Dean, and as a voting member to ELCA Church-Wide Assembly. He has also served on the Yale Divinity School Alumni Board, the Urban Theological Institute Committee of Advisors (for LTSP), the Lutheran Settlement House Board, and as a member of the ELCA's Renewal/Prayer/Revival Team. He has completed an internship in Clinical Pastoral Education with Emory Healthcare and has supervised 11 ELCA pastors in seminary "field education."
He is married to Zeudi Poston and has one son, Grant Poston.
Pastor Julius Carroll
Served from 2012 to 2014
The Rev. Dr. Julius Carroll joined the faculty of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in 2008. Prior to Southern Seminary, Dr. Carroll was the Director for African Descent Ministry-Multicultural Ministries of the ECLA. In this position he was the project manager for the ELCA African Descent Strategic Plan as well as frequent guest lecturer on multicultural topics. In 2012 Dr. Carroll was called to serve as pastor of Joy of Discovery, and served until the end of 2014.
This followed more than two decades of parish ministry in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Oakland. During this time he also served as the Dean of the Washington, D.C. Conference and was the facilitator of the Oakland-Berkley-Alameda, California Strategic Planning Process.
Dr. Carroll holds a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces and has worked for the United States Postal Service.
Outside of his daily work, Dr. Carroll enjoys going to the movies, reading African American fiction and non-fiction, and watching his favorite professional football team, the Philadelphia Eagles.
Interim Pastor Beth Brashear
Served from 2011 to 2012
Johannes Brahms: Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, gute Nacht (Lullaby: Good evening, good night).
Pastor Charlene Limenih
Served from Joy's founding in 2005 to 2011