Pastor Jo Ann has been in professional ministry since 1994, serving churches in W.OH, Seattle, Anchorage, Moses Lake and Vancouver, WA. She looks forward to opportunities of re-opening our sanctuary and our community for worship and for mission. Her favorite part of each week is “staff” meeting where a group of young leaders join to connect and negotiate the nuts and bolts of ministry. Pastor Jo Ann enjoys leading worship and visiting members whether at home or in the hospital and she looks forward to engaging community leaders.
Pastor Jo Ann completed most of her doctoral work while in Alaska. She focused on biblical teachings and faith practices that have been wrongly used to oppress vulnerable people – specifically Alaska Native women. With this degree, she was excited to teach an inclusive view of world religions and religion in America at Big Bend Community College.
In her first career, Jo Ann worked as a speech-language pathologist with children who were diagnosed with severe and multiple disabilities. Through her life she has felt called to care for persons who were made to feel excluded. Jo Ann has been a strong advocate for the inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons in all aspects of ministry. Her daughter Sara will begin studies at UW Seattle in September 2021 and will hopefully take her cat with her. Jo Ann will continue to care for a terrier named popcorn and will work to return to Moscow, Russia to visit her oldest daughter, Anna.