Joy Davis at East Taieri Church. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Joy Davis is passionate about people working together for
a brighter future for Mosgiel.
The community facilitator at East Taieri Church, England-born
Mrs Davis (58) hopes her work helps reconnect the church and
the community by developing more of a community focus to the
work the church did.
''There is a bright future in Mosgiel for us all if we work
together,'' Mrs Davis said.
''We have a lot of assets here and if we pull together we can
get a lot done.''
Her new role is quite different from her days as a farmer's
wife and mother in Te Anau and then Lawrence in the 1980s and
When her husband, Allan, died in 1997, the family moved to
Mosgiel, although she did live in Dunedin while she was an
administrator at St Margaret's College.
During that time she became involved as a volunteer at East
Taieri Church, leading its Alpha Course and taking part in
its drama and music teams.
In 2006, the church's minister suggested she might want to
move into church ministry full-time.
She took his suggestion on board and at 50 began a theology
''It was a great sense of accomplishment. I had a lot of
While studying, she became increasingly interested in social
justice and the reconnection of Christian faith and
''What I do is about finding out how to help people, empower
''So many do not realise their potential.''
Through her role, she did a lot of research and was involved
with third-year occupational therapy and social work
Her work helped in various ways, such as finding the gaps in
services for the elderly.
She now used those skills in her work in the community, which
also included being chairwoman of the food bank and Mosgiel
Resource Group and as a member of Altrusa.
Mrs Davis juggled it all with her duties as grandmother and