I am delighted to announce that the Rev. Joyce Parry Moore, an ordained Episcopal clergywoman from the Diocese of Alaska, has accepted my invitation to serve as the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) new Bay Area Senior Chaplain, effective January 1.
A recent graduate of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and currently completing her Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling at the San Francisco Theological School, Joyce brings incredible life experience to her new ministry with seafarers. Earlier in her career, Joyce trained at the Boston Conservatory’s Opera Program and pursued a professional singing career with engagements that included service as the Founder & Artistic Director of ‘Opera to Go’ in Juneau Alaska, a music outreach program in rural areas of the state. Concurrently, she served as adjunct professor at the University of Alaska, Southeast, teaching the history of theatre, choir, and voice. During that time, she occasionally visited cruise ships and taught crew members to sing opera, a definite omen for her future ministry.
During our interviews and her Oakland ship visits, everyone commented on Joyce’s incredible vitality and natural connection with seafarers and International Maritime Center (IMC) staff. Working with community outreach coordinator Adrienne Yee, Joyce will use that very energy to build up SCI’s Bay Area presence with the maritime industry, church outreach, area seminaries, and new donors who support SCI’s mission. As chaplain, she will visit ships daily, lead worship, and coordinate the IMC’s ecumenical chaplains and volunteers.
Joyce currently lives in Richmond with her husband and young daughter; they plan to move to Oakland in the Spring, to further immerse themselves in the local community.
Joyce replaces retiring chaplain Jim Lindgren, who takes his last trip down the gangway on December 31 after 28 years of maritime ministry. We will give formal thanks for Jim’s ministry on December 11 and hope to bring him back occasionally for special events and old time’s sake.
After some 18 months of managing the IMC, SCI looks forward to strengthening its seafarer service and donor support as Joyce teams with Adrienne Yee and an outstanding group of volunteers throughout the week.
Please join me in welcoming Joyce to the SCI Bay Area ministry team.