Deacon Joanne began her call in December of 2020 at Moe Lutheran. She is excited to bring a spirit of shared pastoral leadership to the congregations of Messiah, Moe, and Bethel Stafford, serving in a ministry team with Pastor Dave Swonger.
Deacon Joanne received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Minot State University, and her Master of Theological Studies degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary of Columbus, Ohio. She was ordained to Word and Service ministry in 1990 and has served several ELCA congregations in the Western North Dakota Synod, specializing in the areas of worship, music, and faith formation.
Deacon Joanne and Pastor Dave are partners in marriage, ministry, and adventure. They enjoy spending time with their son in Minneapolis and their daughter and son-in-law in Iowa. Deacon Joanne enjoys container and perennial gardening. She loves photography and spending time outdoors.