Senior Minister of the Church in the Forest: The Reverend Joanne M. Swenson, Th.D.
Before accepting our call in 2016, Joanne served as a pastor, founder of a Small Group ministry, and a professor of religion. She holds three advanced degrees from Harvard University in Divinity and Theology and is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Joanne’s ministry focuses on helping us discover our Christian calling, especially through the challenges of what Father Richard Rohr terms, “The Second Half of Life.” She and her husband, John Thorbeck, are the parents of four children, far flung from Ithaca to Minneapolis, Shanghai to Fort Bliss, Texas; and grandparents of five. When work is over, Joanne puts on her cycling shoes or hiking boots and explores her adored new home of California.