Joy Carroll Wallis
The Real Vicar of Dibley
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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. 

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Joy’s driving force is her desire to connect with people, to make lasting bonds and to make a difference. She’s certainly made a difference to my life. Long may she continue to inspire everyone she meets. Go, girlfriend.
— Dawn French, The Vicar of Dibley
 
 

 
 

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