Christine Joy Sturton was born in Torquay, Devon, England — shattering the local hospital record by weighing in at 11lbs 4 oz! She was named for her birthdate’s proximity to Christmas, yet her parents found themselves calling her by her middle name, “Joy” — a name she’s aspired to live up to throughout her life. Read More
Although she lost her English accent after moving to America as a young girl, glimpses of her British heritage can still be evidenced in her love of books, learning, old hymns, travel, and her delight in serving afternoon tea (but admittedly, she doesn’t like steak & kidney pie nor know much about soccer).
Joy earned a sociology degree from the University of Washington, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She met her future husband while waiting tables during college and became Mrs. Jim Zorn, on April 7, 1979. Over the next eight years, they were blessed with three daughters, Rachael, Sarah, and Danielle, and eight years later, a son, Isaac James.
Jim spent eleven years playing professional football, and has coached football for the past thirty years (and counting…)! So, although she had never been to a pro football game before meeting Jim, (or knew or cared there even was such a thing as professional football?!) she made up for it by spending most every fall since then sitting in stadiums all over the country cheering on Jim and the team for which he was playing or coaching.
Joy is thrilled that after all those moves she & Jim are back in the Seattle area living close to their four children, two son-in-laws, one daughter-in-law, and six delightful grandchildren!
Her days are still spent cheering on Jim and his football team (currently XFL’s Seattle Dragons); yet Joy also deeply senses God’s call to cheer on her children, grandchildren, and many women with whom she counts it a privilege to walk alongside in life and if —they’re willing — up steep & exhilarating hiking trails in the Cascade Mountains!