“It only takes one! One word, one phrase, one sentence, one time to make a difference in one person’s life. Someone is listening.”
Joanna Elizabeth Hipp grew up in North Carolina. She attended Union Pines High School in Carthage, NC. While in high school, Joanna went with her church, Cameron Presbyterian Church, on a mission trip to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. During that trip, she began her journey toward her call to service in ministry.
Joanna attended St. Andrews Presbyterian College (now University) in Laurinburg, NC, where she majored in Religious Studies. She spent one semester studying and traveling in Italy. Joanna worked as a youth director in two Presbyterian churches, as a camp counselor at Montreat Camp and Conference Center, and as a participant at the Montreat College Conference.
Joanna earned her Masters of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kentucky. She completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education working at the University of Louisville Level I Trauma Center. She served as Student Body President her senior year. Joanna graduated in May 2014 and was awarded the Alumni Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior.
During seminary, Joanna had opportunities to work with the global ecumenical movement. She participated in the World Council of Churches on two occasions: as a worship steward at the Central Committee meeting in Greece in 2012 and with the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute in South Korea in 2013. After graduating, she served as a junior assistant/intern at the World Communion of Reformed Churches in Hanover, Germany, for a year from May 2014 to June 2015. Her areas of work included Justice and Partnership and Communication.
Joanna was ordained in her home church in October 2015. Her first call was to Providence Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC, as Associate Pastor for youth, missions, and outreach. In addition to her congregational work, Joanna has been involved in leadership roles at Montreat conference, served as media relations chair of the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, and served on various committees with the Presbytery of Charlotte. Joanna has also served pulpit supply for many churches in North Carolina.
Joanna enjoys anything outdoors. She is an avid sports fan; in fact, the accompanying photo was from Joanna giving the Prayer of Invocation at a Panther’s game in December 2017. Watching movies, reading books, and writing are favorite pastimes along with hiking and walking.
Joanna does have a severe peanut/tree nut allergy. She has been instrumental in working with several churches to create a safe environment for all those with food allergies.
The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee gives their unanimous endorsement to Joanna Hipp as our new Associate Pastor.