Rev. Joya L. Abrams serves as the Associate Pastor at Decatur First UMC. Joya is an ordained Elder in Full Connection in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is an Atlanta native and graduate of The Westminster Schools, Spelman College (BS), Georgia Tech (BS), and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University (M.Div.). She is a second career clergywoman and worked as an Industrial Engineer before answering her call to ministry in 2010. Her previous appointments include pastor in charge at Tenth Street Underwood Memorial UMC and Associate Pastor at Impact Church. Joya has a passion for helping people think through how their faith is incarnated. She has served as the preacher for various retreats for children and youth at Camp Glisson, Dahlonega, GA and at local churches and her seminary. She loves to learn and share information for action and transformation. Joya enjoys photography, baking cookies, going to concerts, eating amazing food, whitewater rafting, running, and singing. She and her husband are the parents of two sons and one dog.