Joanne Lindstrom came to McCormick in January 1996 as program specialist for the Experiential Education and Field Studies Program. After serving as interim Coordinator for the Program for two years, she was named to the newly-created director position in July 1998. She was appointed Assistant Professor of Ministry in July 2007 and in February 2009, Joanne was installed as the Jean and Frank Mohr Director of Field Studies and Experiential Education.
Joanne is an ordained minister of American Baptist Churches USA, a member in good standing with American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago (ABCMC) and has served as Associate Minister at The First Baptist Church of Chicago since 1994. Major responsibilities include adult education, worship leadership and stewardship. Prior to her ministry at The First Baptist Church, Joanne had experience as a church planter, serving as co-pastor for a small house church.
For over 20 years, Joanne has been an active member and leader for American Baptist Churches Metro Chicago serving in a variety of capacities such as Women in Ministry Coordinator, Chair of the Ministry Committee, Chair of the Personnel Committee, member of the Ordination Commission and conflict mediation team, workshop leader and teacher. She served as Coordinator for the Nueva Vida Initiative,a two year project aimed at strengthening and revitalizing local congregations through partnership and education with sister churches in the region. In February 2002, she led a delegation of ABCMC pastors to meet with leaders of the Ghana Baptist Convention to explore the possibility of an international partnership. Since the partnership was formalized, she continues to lead delegations to Ghana in support of that Partnership, and formerly served as the Chair of the Mission Partnership Committee. Her ministry in Ghana includes serving as a workshop leader for The Baptist Women's Union of Africa Leadership Conference and the Ghana Youth Convention, teaching at ministers conferences and the Ghana Baptist Theological Seminary, and preaching throughout the country.
Other leadership experiences include serving as teacher and facilitator for seminary students in training for cross-cultural ministry on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations in South Dakota and teaching a cross-cultural ministry course at Ghost Ranch Retreat Center in Santa Fe, New Mexicao. She also has worked with pastors and judicatories on issues of clergy misconduct.
Joanne is a contributor to Victim to Survivor: Women Recovering from Clergy Sexual Abuse, edited by Nancy Poling, and to a project of the Association of Presbyterian Field Educators entitled, A Handbook on Legal Issues in Theological Field Education, edited by Susan E. Fox and Judith Trott Guy. Her essay, "The Formation of Ministerial Authority and Identity: Cross Cultural Experiential Education" is part of a collection of McCormick faculty essays in Shaping the Beloved Community: Multicultural Theological Education, edited by David V. Esterline and Ogbu U. Kalu. Other writings include a book review and locally published worship resources for ABCMC.
B.S. Northern Illinois University
M. Div. McCormick Theological Seminary
D. Min., ACTS Doctor of Ministry in Preaching