Reverend Joanne Hus worked for over forty years as a visual artist, illustrator, and graphic designer before earning her Master of Divinity degree from Boston University’s School of Theology. In June 2023, she was commissioned as a provisional elder in the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, where she also serves on the Commission on Religion and Race. She was a member of the inaugural cohort of graduate research affiliates at the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, founded by Ibram X. Kendi. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree at BU STH. Her research centers on developing effective and theologically informed methods of antiracist practice.
Pastor Joanne has one adult child, Gabii G. She is married to Philip West, and they share their home with three cats.