Holy Joys is a group of conservative Wesleyan pastors and church leaders who seek to equip local churches with theologically informed resources that help them to be more holy, happy, and healthy. Through podcasts, sermons, articles, reading groups, books, teaching resources, and in-person conferences, we draw on the riches of Scripture, classic Christianity, and historic Methodism to meet the needs of the contemporary church.
Board of Directors
Holy Joys is currently directed by Johnathan Arnold (President), David Fry, Michael Avery (Chairman and Treasurer), Travis Johnson (Secretary), Marc Sankey, and David Bubb.
Johnathan Arnold is the Senior Pastor of Redeemer Wesleyan Church in Central PA. He is married to Alexandra (“Lexi”) and has two sons, Adam and Teddy. He founded holyjoys.org to explore important theological ideas with experienced theologians and practitioners, in service of local churches and pastors. Johnathan aspires to be a humble pastor-theologian who serves his church and family well.
David Fry is the Senior Pastor of the Frankfort Bible Holiness Church (Frankfort, IN), Administrator of Frankfort Christian Academy, and the Executive Director of ONE80 Recovery Resources. He is an ordained elder in the Bible Methodist Connection of Churches. He holds degrees from God’s Bible School and College (B.A.), Wesley Biblical Seminary (M.Div), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (PhD). David is also an alumnus of Beeson Divinity School. He is an adjunct professor at God’s Bible School and College where he teaches Wesleyan-Arminian Theology, Ecclesiology, and Political Theology. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. David is married to Sarah (Wolf) and they have six children. David enjoys reading, traveling with his family, and spending time outdoors.
Michael R. Avery is an itinerant speaker ministering in churches, camp meetings, colleges, conventions, and conferences across the country. He was President of God’s Bible School and College for 22 years and now serves as its Chancellor. He formerly served as the General Connectional Chairman of the Bible Methodist Connection of Churches with whom he was ordained in 1981. He also served the church as a pastor (10 years), Conference Vice-President (5 years), and Missions Director (5 years). In 2017, he founded Deeper Life Ministries, a non-profit religious organization that is committed to teaching and preaching scriptural holiness. He assists churches and para-church organizations through consulting and strategic planning, and helps individual Christians through life coaching arrangements. Michael also serves as Chairman of the Board for Shepherds Global Classroom and is a member of the Board of Kentucky Mountain Bible College. He holds degrees from God’s Bible School and College (BRE), Cincinnati Christian University (MA), and Wesley Biblical Seminary (DD) (honoris causa). He is the co-author of a book for youth, The Journey, and The Call: Essays for the Conservative Holiness Movement. He and his wife Ruth have two married sons and six grandchildren.
Travis Johnson is the Lead Pastor of the Findlay Bible Methodist Church (Findlay, OH). He has pastored for over 25 years and preached for over 30 years, starting when he was only 15 years old. He is an ordained elder in the Heartland Conference of the Bible Methodist Connection of Churches. He also serves as the Spiritual Life Director for Youth Challenge. He has a BA in Bible and Theology from God’s Bible School (Cincinnati, OH), and has done graduate work in theology from Wesley Biblical Seminary (Jackson, MS). He has been married to Jody for over 28 years and is the father of three children: Shaylee, Alyssa, and Kendrick.
Marc Sankey is a general evangelist. He was born to missionary parents in Honduras in 1970 and was raised in Bedford, IN until he entered God’s Bible School and College as a student in 1988. He earned a Bachelor’s in Religious Education from GBSC in 1994. In June of 1992, he married Melodie Miller in Barberton, Ohio, and began pastoring in Franklin, Ohio at the Bible Methodist Church where he served for 13 years. While serving there, Marc and Melodie were blessed with three children: Jordan, Cameron, and Logan. After pastoring, they followed God’s call to Mexico and served there for 6 years. Since returning from the mission field, Marc has served as Vice President of Evangelistic Faith Missions, Vice President for Constituent Relations at GBSC, and as a general evangelist. He and Melodie also partner with several mission agencies in various missionary endeavors, including as a missionary pastor and Shepherds Global Classroom representative. He is also the Director of Oasis Ministries.
David C. Bubb is Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Wesleyan Church in Gratz, PA. He has pastored for over 44 years. David served as the Department Chair of the Ministerial Department of Hobe Sound Bible College for four years. He is a Certified Church Consultant. He holds degrees from Hobe Sound Bible College (BA), Bethany Bible College and Seminary (M.M.), and Masters International School of Divinity (DBS). He is the author of Living Life At A Perfect Ten and Reaching Them. He has been married for over 45 years to his wife Merrilee and they have two married girls and seven grandchildren.
Editorial Review Committee
In addition to our Board of Directors, our Editorial Review Committee is given a chance to review our articles before publication. This committee includes Dr. Philip Brown (Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of Bible & Theology at God’s Bible and College), Dr. Andrew Graham (Adjunct Professor at Asbury Theological Seminary), Mark Bird (Professor at GBSC), and Maricka Herrer.