Meet our Team
Joyce Cravens

Joyce Cravens
Senior Adult Minister

Joyce graduated from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas in 1994. She received her Master of Divinity degree at SMU in 1998. She worked for Caterpillar from 1966 to 1993 at Darr Equipment in Irving as well as in Wichita Falls, Ft. Worth, Longview and Tyler. God called her to ordained ministry in February 1991 at Camp Bridgeport in Kiker Hall in the Fireplace Room. Ten years later in 2001, she was ordained an Elder in the North Texas Conference.

She retired as of 2011 but God was not retiring her. She now works at Grace Avenue UMC as the Senior Adult Minister. She organized the senior adults into a group called HEART Adults.
H – helpful
E – experienced
A – active
R – reaching out
T – Thankful

Her passion is Hispanic ministry, especially Hispanic children and youth. She has worked on both sides of the border of the Rio Grande Valley and still maintains relationships with ministers and young people from that area.

At age 70 Joyce returned to Garrett Evangelical Theological College for Doctorate studies. She has grown children and grandchildren in Colorado, El Paso and Plano, Texas that keep her busy.