Rev. Dr. Joanne M. Swenson was educated at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN), and Harvard University where she earned Master of Divinity (1981), Master of Theology (1988) and Doctorate in Theology (1993) degrees. Joanne was ordained in 1982, and has served churches in Boston (Old South), Topeka (Central Congregational) and New Canaan (The Congregational Church of New Canaan). She has also taught at private and state universities in Boston and in the Northwest, published in the field of theological aesthetics, and been an educational consultant and entrepreneur, applying study and mentoring techniques to small group and Internet learning. As both a pastor and member of churches, Joanne has initiated, led and participated in small ministry groups since 1998.