Interview: Jocelyn Fay

Associate Editor

Jocelyn shares with us her take on copy editing, genealogy, and the importance of friendship

I hear your career's taken you around the world and back.

Yes, I've been lucky enough to have worked for the Adventist Church in some great places, including Singapore. I've worked at every level of church organization-my local church, a conference, a union, a division, and for a while when I was on the Adventist Review staff, I was a General conference employee. And I've even branched out to a college and a publishing house!

What excites you about working on Women of Spirit?

I think Women of Spirit is more than a magazine. I believe it's a ministry to Adventist women and to their friends with whom they share the magazine.

What difference do you want to make in these pages?

One of my strengths is organization and scheduling. I see myself as a fairly quiet person, a pragmatic person who wants to figure out what's the best way to get a job done. And when I ask God for wisdom, I often see evidence that He's answered that prayer.

If cameras followed you around for the weekend, what would they see?

Oh, they'd be bored to death. I'm a homebody and love to just putter around my apartment and keep Gracie, my cat, company. I love doing crafty kinds of things. Rubber stamping is my hobby of the moment.

Rubber stamping?

And making soap. Making soap is simple. All my friends received soap for Christmas or their birthday last year.

What else do you enjoy?

I enjoy keeping in touch with my friends via computer and other ways. When you've lived as many places as I have you make a lot of friends, and you certainly don't want to lose them.

What has shaped you?

I'm a New Englander. I inherited my family's work ethic. Also a sense of being firmly grounded, both historically and spiritually. One line of my family goes back to the same immigrant ancestor as James White's, Deacon John White, who came from England to Massachusetts in the 1600s. My emigrant Fay ancestor came over from England in something like 1634. My grandparents on both sides of the family were Adventists.

Another thing that I think shaped my life is my parents' commitment that their only child would have a college education at Adventist schools. And I know both my parents worked very hard to make that happen for me. My mom working in a grocery store, was on her feet all day, but she did it because she knew it would give me a college education.

What does being an Adventist mean to you?

For somebody who came from a small family to begin with and then lost most of them, the fact that Christ offers us the promise of the resurrection is very precious to me. Also I'm really glad to be an Adventist because of the picture of the great controversy we have, and the picture of why there's evil in this world. It helps me put things in perspective. You know we'll never have the answer to every question Why? this side of heaven, but it helps to say, "I don't have to know the answer to every question, I just believe it's going to come out OK in the end." Which is harder to do sometimes than others!

Adventists are a big family. Up in the mountains of western Indonesia my friend and I found people who knew people we knew. You do that all over the globe when you're an Adventist. And even if they don't know you, they welcome you as a fellow believer.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

Maybe that I grew up on a farm and once had a sheep named Pollyanna. Or maybe that one of the most fun places I ever did volunteer work was a no-kill humane society where I went every Tuesday afternoon to feed and brush cats. I really do like cats-it's probably good that living in an apartment sets limits on how many I can adopt!

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