As a second-generation Asian American woman, Joann’s ministry is informed and shaped by her gender and racialized identity. Although she ministers from a specific social location, Joann considers it a privilege and a joy to invite others to see the world through a different lens. She believes that diversity is a gift from God and embraces the holy tension created by our differences.
Joann has actively participated and assumed leadership roles in various organizations in the denomination. She was a commissioner to the 220th General Assembly for which she moderated the Committee on Immigration. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Korean American Presbyterian Clergy Women Board, a co-chair of the General Assembly’s Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns, and a member of McCormick Theological Seminary’s Alumni Council.
Joann is married to Mike, a recent law school graduate currently serving as a judicial law clerk at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. They met in eighth grade and married thirteen years later. They have two dogs: Bailey, a Jack Russell Terrier, and Logan, a Shiba Inu. This past January, they welcomed their first child, a baby boy whom they named after the city where they began their relationship, Austin.