REV. RICHARD JOYNER
The Rev. Richard Joyner founded of the Conetoe Family Life Center in Conetoe, N.C., after serving as a traditional minister for 25 years. The Family Life Center provides after-school and summer camp programs for children ages five to 18 and hosts a community garden, where community members plan, plant and harvest produce for sale. Joyner says beyond his calling preach the Gospel, his his work today speaks to life on Earth, and his pulpit might be “a field, or a beehive, or exercising and running with youth.” His holistic approach to ministry connects the spiritual, physical and economic aspects of the individuals he serves. Rev. Richard Joyner has been named a 2015 Top 10 CNN Hero.