Jeremy Reynalds, Ph. D. – Founder of Joy Junction
Jeremy Reynalds was born in England, immigrated to the US in 1978, and was a US citizen. After being homeless for a time, Jeremy founded a ministry for the homeless in Santa Fe. Starting off as a coffeehouse, it began to house the homeless. For a while, it was the only facility for the homeless in Santa Fe. In mid-1986, Jeremy resigned that ministry and moved to Albuquerque where he founded Joy Junction. Jeremy felt led to focus this new ministry on homeless families, a fast growing segment of the local homeless population. The significance of this decision was underscored when shortly after Joy Junction’s inception, the only two shelters in Albuquerque serving homeless families closed their doors.
During his tenure as CEO of Joy Junction, Jeremy earned a Masters degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph. D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His dissertation on how the media portray the homeless was published just before his 2006 graduation.
In addition to his work with Albuquerque’s homeless, Jeremy had a keen interest in international social justice. He made several trips to the Middle East, and authored numerous articles and books on the plight of the homeless and disenfranchised. With over 30 years full-time experience as pastor and leader of a church and shelter to the homeless, he positively impacted many thousands of lives right here in NM. Jeremy and Joy Junction worked tirelessly to break the cycle of homelessness, one life at a time. Jeremy lived in Albuquerque with his wife, Elma, and is still considered an expert on the homeless and hungry. He died on July 10, 2018, after a long battle with cancer.