Meet Our Staff
Joy Yee, Senior Pastor
Joy became Pastor of 19th Ave. Baptist Church when it merged with New Covenant Baptist Church in 2005. A graduate of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Joy received her M.Div. in 1992 and was ordained in 2000. In addition to pastoring Joy has served as Moderator for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and has been a guest preacher for various events around the country.
A native San Franciscan, Joy's heart resides in local church ministry. Working with the people of God to build authentic community which shares God's love and serves others is a great blessing for her. She also finds deep contentment in serving others as a spiritual director who helps people articulate their experiences with God and respond to Him.
Joy is married to Jimmy Yee and they have two fantastic young adult sons, Nathan and Kevin, who fill their lives with a lot of laughter and perspective. There is also one cat in the family named Misty. The family enjoys getting away to beautiful Monterey, California to eat caramel apples and huge submarine sandwiches every once in a while. A devoted introvert who can enjoy behaving extrovertedly, Joy loves to read books, play the piano, sing, cook large amounts of food, jog and take naps on the couch under her favorite quilt.
Mary Beth Johnson Deel, Minister of Music and Worship
Mary Beth’s roots are in the Missouri Ozarks and after receiving a B.A. from Southwest Baptist College, Bolivar, MO, and a brief teaching career, she moved to the Bay Area to earn her M.Div. from Golden Gate Seminary, Mill Valley, CA. She then detoured to San Francisco, which she has been blessed to call her other home — thanks to having been with NABC since 1984, the natural beauty of this incredible place, and the rich diversity of cultures. Mary Beth is married to Bob Deel, Spiritual Care Coordinator for Laguna Honda Hospital.
Music about the mystery and miracle of relationship with God is the thing that makes her heart sing because, as Aldous Huxley put it, “Music is [after silence] that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible.” She loves to travel just about anywhere a passport is required, but still always thrills at seeing the city skyline and the silhouettes of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge when flying back in to SFO.