In 1972, when the Coastal District of the North Georgia Conference merged with the South Georgia Conference, Warren Chapel on First Avenue in Macon was struggling to survive. A survey conducted in 1972 indicated that an area off of Shurling Avenue was the best location for a new church. The Macon District Committee on Church Location and Building recommended the organization of a United Methodist Church. With help from the Macon District Board of Missions and the National Division of Global Ministries, the land across from Shurling Road and Millerfield Drive was purchased. A double-wide, mobile chapel was placed on the lot. The Warren Chapel Charge Conference voted to become charter members of the new church and, on July 7, 1974, a special service of consecration was held with Rev. Marvin Wilson assigned as the first pastor. Then, an opportunity came to purchase a new church complex from the Missionary Alliance Church. On December 12, 1975, the last service was held in the mobile chapel and 25 members moved to the new church building on Joycliff Road. The action of the charge conference made
Joycliff the official name.