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Joyce Lacey goes from Ms. Perham 1984 to 2021 best-selling author

From Ms. Perham 1984 to a best-selling author, Joyce Lacey has had quite the life journey to get to where she is today. She grew up in Ashby, Minnesota, and would later become a reporter, model, pastor, teacher, author, actress and more.

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Joyce Lacey (Submitted)

From Ms. Perham 1984 to a best-selling author in 2021, Joyce Lacey has had quite the life journey to get to where she is today. She grew up in Ashby, Minn., and would later become a reporter, model, pastor, teacher, author, actress and more.

Lacey first went to the community college in Fergus Falls. After this, she also received religious education from a seminary in there. Determined to further her education even more, Lacey then attended the University of Minnesota Morris.

After she graduated from Morris, she got involved with pageants, and she was even crowned Ms. Perham in 1984. Lacey remembers the community of Perham fondly. "It was a great honor to serve the city of Perham," she said. "I cherish those memories so very much."

Lacey especially remembers the turtle races. She asked if they were still running in the town, fond of the memories they left her.

She believes that, oftentimes, people think pageants are bad because of the swimsuit competition. However, Lacey thinks that scholarship pageants such as the one in Perham are a great opportunity. With pageants such as the Perham one, she said you get to see women doing great things. Lacey also got to meet many wonderful people during her time in pageants.

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Lacey was also later crowned Ms. Minnesota. This victory earned her a scholarship to Barbizon Modeling School. With this education, she officially held three degrees. "I graduated and started teaching modeling," Lacey recalled. "After that, I signed with an agent and got involved with doing films and television."

Lacey appeared in a total of 27 movies, including "Beautiful Girls." She also became an executive assistant producer on Comedy Central's "Let's Bowl."

On top of her work in modeling, television and movies, Lacey was also involved with reporting. She started writing in newspapers such as the Grant County Herald and Battle Lake Review as a sports reporter. Using her education in religious studies, she also worked at KBRF Radio and KBHL Christian Radio.

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Joyce Lacey smiles next to her best-seller award. (Submitted)

Now, Lacey serves as the United States Minnesota Navy League Council's vice president of outreach. After her mother died last year, she founded the June Lynne Lacey Foundation, on which she serves as chair. She said this foundation's goal is to serve vulnerable adults.

"During the pandemic, I had requests to come in and pray with isolated people," she said, but she didn't have the right credentials. She said the seminary she attended in Fergus Falls doesn't believe woman can be pastors. "So I went back (to seminary) and did some more training and got ordained," Lacey continued.

Through Christian Global Outreach, she started Joyce Lacey Ministries on the Daily Gospel Network . She holds a service on this network every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. CST, which she has been doing for about a year. Now, with her foundation and ministry, Lacey is able to do plenty of outreach, which she's passionate about.

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She'll go to nursing homes and pray with people. She provides furnishings and groceries for vulnerable adults. She has also been able to arrange drive-by salutes for veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lacey was even recently drawn to write again. "I started out writing by just covering sports, and that was a great opportunity to get started," she said. "But what I envisioned myself doing and felt called to was the ministry." Recently, she was able to combine her passion for writing and gospel.

Lacey was commissioned by a publisher to write a section of "The Experts Cure: How Entrepreneurs are Changing the World." She was asked to record how she was doing positive things during the COVID-19 pandemic and how she was changing the world for the positive.

Lacey wrote Chapter 19 of this book, called "Never Failing Faith and Hope," making the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Barnes and Nobel Best Seller list.

"I didn't expect to be getting an award," Lacey said. "That was a great honor, and I'm thankful that people enjoyed reading (my chapter). Hopefully it helped people. That's the whole purpose of it — that it would help people and encourage them."

Elizabeth (she/her), 23, graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2020. Elizabeth has always had a passion for telling stories about people and specializes in community features, which she uses for her Perham-centered content.
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