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Carol McLeod says, “I am just a girl who is head over heels in love with Jesus ... passionately addicted to His Word ... and find all of the joy that I need in time spent in His presence."                                              

Carol is a Christmas-aholic, loves ACC basketball and burying her toes in the sand at the beach! Like all post-menopausal women, she is overly fond of chocolate and enjoys a good read. She doesn't like cleaning her house and is an expert in carry-out dinners. She hates to shop … loves to jog … and somehow finds time in her busy life to hang out with small children. She is the kind of woman that you could laugh with over lunch, cry with over disappointment, and shout with over a victory!

But … if you need her official bio … read on!  

  (Photo credit: Daystar)

(Photo credit: Daystar)

Carol is a best-selling author and popular speaker at women's conferences and retreats, where she teaches the Word of God with great joy and enthusiasm. She also hosts highly successful Just Joy! outreaches. Carol encourages and empowers women with passionate and practical biblical messages mixed with her own special brand of hope and humor.  

Carol has written nine books. Her early books include, "The Rooms of a Woman's Heart", "Defiant Joy!" which was released by a subsidiary of Thomas Nelson, “Holy Estrogen!” published by Harrison House;  “No More Ordinary!”, “Refined” and “Joy For All Seasons” which were all published by Bridge-Logos. Her seventh book, “Let There Be Joy!”, which is a Christmas Devotional, was released in September of 2017. Carol’s new devotional for mothers, released in February 2018, is entitled, “Pass the Joy, Please!” and is now available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, CBD and Books-a-Million. Her 9th book, “Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart and Grace Your Tongue” will be released in April of 2018 by Whitaker House Publishing.

Her teaching DVD, "The Rooms of a Woman's Heart", won the Telly Award, a prestigious industry award, for excellence in religious programming. Carol also has a daily radio show, “Defiant Joy! Radio” that is broadcast in major markets across America. Carol has a daily podcast, “A Jolt of Joy!” on the Charisma Podcast Network. She has also recently premiered a brand new podcast for mothers entitled, “The Joy of Motherhood” which is available on iTunes, Google and Stitcher.

She is a devotional writer for YouVersion with 9 devotionals in current circulation and is among their most popular authors. Carol also writes a weekly blog, “Joy For the Journey” that has been named in the Top 50 Faith Blogs for Women. Carol also has a weekly column in “Ministry Today”.  

Carol was the first Women’s Chaplain at Oral Roberts University and currently serves on the university’s Alumni Board of Directors.  Currently Carol is President and CEO of Just Joy! Ministries. 

Carol is also a weekly contributor to “Ministry Today” as well as a writer for Charisma Magazine. Her devotions on YouVersion touch people around the world.

Carol has been married to her college sweetheart, Craig, for 40 years and is the mother of 5 children in heaven and 5 children on earth.  Graduates of Oral Roberts University, Craig and Carol have spent the past 38 years pastoring churches across America. Currently, Craig is the North American Director for Global Partners and is training pastors and helping to plant churches in unreached areas of the globe.

They are now enjoying being “Marmee” and “Pa” to their 7 delicious grandchildren ... whom Carol refers to as “The 7 Wonders of the World!”