Joanna came to the Cincinnati area from Way Out West (California and Washington) to serve as Canon for Christian Formation and Mission at Christ Church Cathedral in 2005 after ordination, serving there until the arrival of the new Dean in 2013. She then served at St. Anne’s in West Chester as their Interim Rector until May 2015, helping them to discern their own congregational identity and then to find a new rector who would be just right for them.
In September 2015, she began a ministry at the Church of the Ascension in Middletown as a “transition priest for initial discernment,” helping them to discern the immediate future of their church and to explore ways to ensure the sustainability of the church. After completing their discernment, she began as Interim Rector at Calvary Episcopal Church in Cincinnati in Jun 2016, finishing with the arrival of their new rector in July. “These have been joyful times, and I anticipate that my time at Christ Church will also be a joyful one,” Joanna says.
She is a writer “by passion,” she says, “and also because God keeps bugging me.” She wrote the children’s Church School curriculum, Weaving God’s Promises (2011, Church Publishing). If you are curious about it, check out the website www.weavinggodspromises.org to find out what the curriculum teaches the children. She also wrote a Lenten devotional book titled A Grown-Up Lent: When giving up chocolate is not enough (2014, Forward Movement/Church Publishing). Currently, she is beginning work on an intergenerational curriculum tentatively titled Building the Community, focusing on the Gospel values that help to build God’s Beloved Community. Coincidentally, she has just begun to serve on the newly-formed diocesan Beloved Community Task Force.
Since her last name does not reflect her Chinese descent, Joanna will sometimes talk about Chinese traditions in her sermons “so you know my ancestry without having to ask.”
She loves history, astronomy, paleontology, “flowers but not gardening,” the majesty and silliness of the English language, animals and all the wonders of God’s creation, all church ministry, rush hour traffic, chocolate, and advocating for social justice. She lives in Covington, KY and has three grown children and five grown cats.