The Reverend D. Joy Segal, Rector



The Rev. D. Joy Segal came to ordination from a very successful secular career which spanned over twenty years in management positions. Over the years of her corporate career she functioned as Systems Administrator, Controller, CFO, General Manager and CEO, and, prior to leaving her career to pursue ordination, was responsible for over 300 employees in a multi-million dollar organization. She has found that her administrative and organizational experience, mentoring skills, and teaching abilities, honed in her corporate career, have proved invaluable in parish ministry, the building up of lay leadership, and the understanding and facilitation of team ministry. Joy was active in her home parish of All Hallows, Wyncote for many years and it was within that community that she discerned her call to ordination. She attended two years of seminary at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and her final year at General Theological Seminary in New York before being ordained to the diaconate in June, 2001, and to the priesthood in June, 2002. Since then she has served as Assistant Rector of Church of the Messiah, Gwynedd (2001-2003) and Interim Rector of Trinity Buckingham (2003-2006) before accepting the call to become the 25th Rector of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church in Philadelphia, where she began her tenure on February 26, 2006.


In April, 2007, Joy was elected Dean of the Southwark Deanery – a position she held for three years. In May, 2007, she was appointed to fill a seat on the Diocesan Standing Committee and subsequently elected for a four year term at the Diocesan Convention in November, 2007. She has served as a Standing Committee representative to the Commission on Ministry since 2007 as well as a member of the Diocesan Consultation Team since 2008. She has been the Treasurer of the Church Training Deaconess Board since 2006, and was elected to her second three year term in 2009.