Joy Carroll Wallis
The Real Vicar of Dibley
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Passion. Experience. Diligence.


Joy Carroll Wallis is a gifted communicator, community organizer and convener as well as a sought after pastor, preacher and minister. In 1994, she was one of the first women to be ordained in the Church of England as well as the youngest clergy member elected to the General Synod. Her ministry in the inner - city embraced the needs of the poor, homeless, mentally ill, families, youth and the elderly. Her experience in the priesthood was the inspiration behind the hit BBC sitcom, The Vicar of Dibley, starring Dawn French. Joy is the author of The Woman Behind the Collar: The Pioneering Journey of an Episcopal Priest

Joy has spent the last eighteen years immersed in Washington DC schools and youth sports.  As commissioner of Little League Baseball, fundraiser, event planner, PTA President, President of Wilson HS Baseball Boosters, organizer of Wilson baseball trip to the Dominican Republic, her networks run wide and deep. She is also a founding board member and currently board Chair of the Wild Goose Festival.

Joy lives in Washington, DC with her activist and writer husband Jim Wallis and their teenage sons, Luke and Jack.


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The Importance of The Vicar of Dibley

Author / Minister Joy Carroll Wallis (the "real" Vicar of Dibley and wife of Jim Wallis) shares on "The importance of "The Vicar of Dibley" from Joy was the inspiration for the This is from the TV program "Precepts of Leadership: Joy Carroll Wallis."



Point Loma Writer's Symposium

Religion, Writing, & Politics

Jim Wallis, author of the best-selling "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It.," and his wife Joy Carroll Wallis join Dean Nelson for a spirited talk on religion, writing and politics in this program from the 2005 Writer's Symposium by the Sea sponsored by Point Loma Nazarene University.