Time and again, while never calling attention to herself, Joanne Wilson has stepped forward at St. Matthew’s when she saw there was a need.
For example, she was there to help the youth group design and create its own space. On a Saturday morning she even painted a second coat of the “blackboard” wall.
In 2013, Joanne offered to head up our children’s education program, recruiting and developing a formation team led by the laity. This involved running the weekly Sunday school programs for elementary school children for several years. When the church transitioned from the Sunday morning classroom to our experimental Interactive Worship and inter-generational educational liturgy, Joanne was there to help lead our effort.
Joanne has also excelled with our Outreach efforts. She was already the primary leader for our ministry to Mary Lou’s Place, an Evanston women’s shelter.
Joanne is adept at recruiting and organizing teens to maintain and improve the residents’ rooms that St. Matthew’s “adopted” for victims of domestic violence. As Outreach Chair, Joanne introduced the church to many community volunteer ministries, like (ESCCA) and the Wednesday Lunch Program with St. Mark’s.
It is with great delight and appreciation that we proclaim Joanne Wilson as a true Vision Keeper.