JOY LUTHERAN CHURCH
3174 Jupiter Blvd. SE, Palm Bay, Florida 32909
Early in 1983, Pastor Charles Schmitz of Peace Lutheran Church of Palm Bay,
Florida asked six families who were members of Peace to commit themselves for
six months to regularly meet together for the purpose of establishing a new
Lutheran Church west of Interstate 95. At that time, the city was experiencing
tremendous growth in the south east portion of Palm Bay.
11, 1983, the first service of what was then called "Community Evangelical
Lutheran Church" was held in the Library of Lockmar Elementary School with
Pastor Schmitz presiding. In January of 1984, the Rev. Ron Ryckman came from
Wisconsin to serve as the first Pastor. The church's name was changed to "Joy
Lutheran Church." On Palm Sunday, April 15, 1984, Joy was officially received
and recognized as a Congregation of the American Lutheran Church.
(now a Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America—ELCA) is
located on the corner of Jupiter and Eldron Blvd. Our Mission Statement is —
"Joyfully Reaching Out To Others In Christian Love And Service." Joy's diverse
membership lends itself to an active caring family, and a vital and vibrant
outreach partner in the community.