Joanne Dietzel

Joanne Dietzel

Current Church

Ridgeview Mennonite Church

Denomination

Mennonite

Education

2-year Pastoral Studies Certificate from EMS
Values Based Leadership Education Program

Ministry

Interests

Worship Planning, Worship Leading, Team Ministry, Congregational Assessment, Administration

Geographic Preference

Lancaster, PA area

Experience

Lancaster Mennonite High School
Eastern Mennonite University
Lancaster Mennonite Conference
Kairos: School of Spiritual Formation
Lay Minister of Worship
Lay Minister of Administration

Call

I have felt a call to church ministry since my early teens. When I graduated from high school, I made a commitment to be involved in church-related ministries as long as God opened doors. God has honored that commitment over the years and opened doors that I could not have imagined. I have also felt affirmed for many ministry roles by my congregation, family, and friends. The call to ministry has been both from God and God’s people.

Ideal Ministry Situation

Working as part of a team ministry.

Seminary

Professors desire the best for their students. I remember one professor commenting on my insights on a paper and encouraging me to pursue further seminary courses. I deeply appreciated the understanding of professors in students needing to balance work/church and studies. The connections between church/conference life and particular classes made the focus of the class even more relevant.

Favorite classes

I found the courses in understanding and working with conflict especially helpful when working with issues that arose in congregational life and conference situations. Several courses in understanding how my life story connects with God’s story were especially insightful for personal growth.