Ordained in the United Church of Christ, the Rev. Dr. Joyce Antila Phipps is a graduate of Yale Divinity School (M.Div.) and received her Doctorate of Ministry from Hartford Seminary in 2015. She is also an attorney, having received the Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1986.
Originally from Washington, D.C., Joyce went to Connecticut with her late husband, Robert William Phipps, who was a history professor at Southern Connecticut State University. Following her husband’s death, she helped to organize counseling groups for widows and widowers, which led her to attend YDS. She published a not so typical memoir, Death’s Single Privacy: Grieving and Personal Growth (Seabury 1973), text still used in social work schools and seminaries.