Eddie K. Edwards Papers

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Eddie K. Edwards papers

The materials in this online repository form part of a larger Eddie K. Edwards record group held by the Bentley Historical Library. For a more complete index to the materials, please consult the collection's online finding aid.

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Reverend Eddie K. Edwards was a Christian preacher and founder, with his wife Minister Mary Edwards, of Joy of Jesus, Inc. in Detroit, Mich. The ministry sought to help urban youth through a summer camp and other activities. The collection includes publications by the ministry, memorials for Edwards, and papers related to the ministry of Minister Mary D. Edwards.

Reverend Eddie K. Edwards was born in 1936 in Detroit, Mich. Early in his ministry he worked with Project Start, a nonprofit agency that assisted ex-convicts in finding jobs. He left Project Start in 1976 to found, together with his wife Mary D. Edwards, Joy of Jesus Ministries, an interdenominational ministry that began as an after-school program. The Joy of Jesus Ministries held Bible study classes, and operated a summer camp and other programs aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty. He stepped down as president of Joy of Jesus Ministries in 2001 and began a new project aimed at linking churches and schools to tutor students. Edwards died in 2004.

Mary Edwards is an author and director of a publishing and consulting company called Leaves of Gold, founder of Widows With Wisdom and The Called and Ready Writers, and a recipient of numerous awards and honors.

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