Jo Anne grew up in Tennessee. She studied at King College in Bristol, TN and graduated from Union Theological Seminary (VA). She did graduate work in Hebrew Bible focusing on Wisdom Literature and Literary Theory. Before coming to Fort King in 2019, she served churches in Virginia, North Carolina, and Colorado. She also was a hospice chaplain for 4 years and a philosophy instructor in the Colorado Community College system for 18 years. She enjoys African drumming, photography, scrapbooking and all things Harry Potter. She has one grown daughter, Glenna and a cat, Raine.