In this episode of the Redemptification Podcast, we sit down with a pioneer in the work of bringing the church, developers, and city planning together. Sara Joy has a passion for cities, stories, and the Church. She loves to imagine how churches can be active and faithful participants in city planning and development in order to bring hope and redemption to the setting of our stories. She speaks and writes for a variety of audiences on this topic. She has worked previously as a Project Manager in commercial real estate development in Minneapolis, where she oversaw mixed-use and historic rehab developments. She serves on the Executive Board for the Congress for New Urbanism – Members Christian Caucus. She is also the co-chair for the Urban Land Institute Minnesota’s Young Leaders Executive Committee.
Sara Joy holds a B.A. in English Literature and a Masters in Community & Regional Planning. She loves to cook, garden, and bike around town. She shows her Texas roots with many aptly-placed y’alls in her conversations.
Based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, there is a team of local organizers and supporters for Proximity Project. They work in industries such as affordable housing development, economic development, real estate brokerage, urban planning, and academic research. Together they dream about how to change the Twin Cities through encouraging faithful presence and good design in their churches and neighborhoods.