Our History


The “Original” Barn on Greenfield Road

The ‘Barn’ on Greenfield Road was known throughout the East Valley because for years it housed community craft fairs.  The original barn, built in the early 1900’s, was moved from Grinnell, Iowa one piece at a time to the Greenfield Road location.

The Dream
It’s really God’s dream, but our hands and feet that faithfully serve God’s mission of sharing the gospel, or “Good News”! Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church moved from north Alma School Road further into the East Valley, through the purchase of the barn and attached house in 2007 with dreams to use the barn as the new and unique site for a dynamic and growing Christian faith family. Unfortunately, the barn was deemed structurally unsound as a public assembly space and the barn was given back to the original family, dismantled and reconstructed in the East Valley. In its place now stands a newly constructed “Barn” Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church.

Groundbreaking for the new church took place on November 30, 2008, and was completed and on December 12, 2009. The ‘new barn’ maintains the uniqueness of the property and has received praise and attention in the local news for its architecture and has become the home of those who have gathered in the name of Jesus Christ to love and serve the community and world through the Christian mission.

We are truly blessed to gather and worship in a building that reminds us of the humble beginnings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Gathering is just the beginning though. It is where we are fed by God and empowered to serve and love the world. We continue in the mission to serve and love our neighbors (all people) through a multiple ministries for every age.  As a matter of fact, our mission is to be Gathered by God, Fed by the Word, and Sent in love.

You will find our ministries and partnerships in ministry support individual spiritual growth, faithful relationships, and positively impact our community and world. That is what being a Christian is all about.

1159 North Greenfield Road
Gilbert AZ, 85234-2845


Pastor Brian Cain makes learning about the Lord fun and easy to understand. Absolutely love going to church at Spirit of Joy. The 10:30am service is filled with great people and just an all-around amazing experience. Recommend it to anybody.

Paul S.

Gilbert, AZ

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