Dr. Joy Powell: serves as the Director of Worship Arts and Creative Arts at Unity. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre and Social Justice from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Masters in Directing from Lindenwood University and a bachelors degree in Musical Theatre Performance from Ball State University. She has been the Director of Theatre/Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Missouri Baptist University since 2003. She was the Worship Leader at Third Baptist Church from 1999 to 2015. She looks at the local church as the opportunity for a community to show God’s love to a world in desperate need of grace and mercy. The weekly worship service is created from a place of gratitude and an attempt to truly seek God’s presence. She feels that God seeks for honesty in our connections with Him and with one another and through her leadership she attempts to do that for her fellow members of this community of faith every week.