Joanne Beckwith

Joanne Beckwith

Shepherd - Retreat Shepherd

Joanne’s life as pastor’s wife began within days of returning from her honeymoon with her husband, Dave. Little did she know what would be expected of her, how lonely she would feel, and the pain that would accompany church ministry. Having ministered alongside of Dave for over 40 years, she has shared in the joys, frustrations, and misunderstandings that often come in ministry. Through her pain, she has experienced God’s marvelous love, grace, and healing. Her passion is to come alongside of women in their ministry journey, offering a listening ear, friendship, and God’s love, grace, and hope. Pastor’s wives hold a special place in her heart.

She has worn many ministry hats, including working with children and youth, serving as church administrative secretary, and filling in when needed along the way . . . i.e., greeter, hospital visitor, pianist, nursery worker, hand holder, sound tech, bathroom monitor, etc. (pastor’s wives will understand this). During her nearly 20 years as Director of Women’s Ministry at Woodbridge Community Church in Irvine, California, she was involved in providing vision, mentoring, leadership development, event planning, teaching Bible study, and leading small groups. At the top of her “ministry joy” list is coming alongside of other women.

Joanne is a graduate of Biola University with a BS in Nursing. Most of her career has been in the field of psychiatric nursing, which provides many opportunities to offer compassion and hope. The principles she has learned regarding human relationships and mental illness have provided a backdrop for working within the church family. Joanne and Dave have served churches in Northern and Southern California, retiring in 2007. They continue to serve the body of Christ. Their two daughters and their families love the Lord and are an important part of their lives.

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