Pastor Joanne Myer is a graduate of Andover Newton Seminary and has the specialized training to serve as an Intentional Interim Minister. This year, she celebrates her 20th anniversary of ordination.
She has served as interim pastor at the Storrs Congregational Church, done several interim terms at First Congregational Church of Vernon, UCC and has been Bridge Minister for Bolton Congregational Church, UCC. She has served at Broad Brook Congregational Church, UCC several times when the settled pastor was incapacitated. Joanne has done supply work at both Bolton Congregational Church and Broad Brook Congregational Church for several years. She also assisted at St. Andrew Church in Sarasota, Florida while living there seasonally in the past.
Joanne has planned and led Deacon Retreats, as well as Women's Fellowship Retreats. One of her favorite things to do is to write vignettes about "Women and Men of the Bible." Joanne has studied "Improvisational Acting" and she enjoys teaching others to take the vignettes and bring these people described in the Bible to life. Church services built around these stories are exciting!
Joanne comes from a family of musicians and has been immersed in music ever since she can remember. Her uncle was a pianist/organist/choir director for several churches during his life time. Joanne's focus in her internship at seminary was about how to effectively use music in worship. She is very pleased and blessed to be working with and learning from Esther, a very gifted musician.
Joanne has worked with all age groups, but enjoys working with older folks. Her spiritual outreach work presently includes working with the people at the Residence of South Windsor Farms. She presents a service for them every week (via Zoom now during the pandemic) called "A Community of Faith Service" and is available to them whenever needed. Joanne also is certified as a Stephen Minister teacher and leader and presently serves as Director of Stephen Ministry at First Congregational Church of Vernon. All of this spiritual outreach work is done on Joanne's own time and is necessary for her own spiritual fulfillment and development.
Pastor Joanne and her husband, Andy, have three grown children, two married, one who is a widower and two grandchildren. They live in Vernon and will celebrate 54 years of marriage in September.
Pastor Joanne is leading our congregation through an exciting period of reflection and discernment, as we embrace the prospect of our ever-growing potential in service to God. This is a rewarding time to be a member of ECC and we welcome all who wish to participate in this process.