Joy Skarka's story can be described in one word: freedom. She is passionate about creating spaces to free women from shame. Joy earned her undergraduate degree at the University of South Florida, a Master of Arts degree from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Educational Ministries degree from DTS, studying how women find freedom from sexual shame.
It was in college that God saved Joy by his grace, and she began to experience His freedom. Jesus healed her from the heartaches of sexual abuse and the pain of sexual addiction. While in college she began writing, speaking, and leading online small groups with the goal of helping other women experience this same freedom.
In 2020, Joy joined Authentic Intimacy to serve as the director of discipleship. Because of her story, she hopes to always write and speak authentically. Joy married her husband Zack in 2017, and they live in Florida.