Teaching the Bible to change lives, Joanne led and taught a Bible class of 350-500 students from 2003 to 2013, and has recently retired as an advisor and mentor to eight Bible classes in the Maryland area with Bible Study Fellowship, Int’l. Joanne is currently attending Portland Seminary, working towards a Masters in Theological Studies. Her great love for the Bible began as a child, watching the men in synagogue pray the words of scripture, murmuring and weeping, lovingly touching and kissing the Torah.
When she received her own Bible at church in 1970, she read the whole book, from preface to concordance, with transcendent joy, knowing these were the very words of God. Joanne continues in God’s call to teach, counsel, mentor, and train in His word and Spirit through retreats, Bible studies, and online classes.
Also a long-time "armchair archaeologist," Joanne joined the Board of Directors for the Biblical Archaeology Forum in 2013.
Another passion for Joanne is the healing work of counseling, and currently serves as a lay counselor and trainer in affiliation with The Lay Counselor Institute since 2012.