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Jo Gantzer


Jo believes that every aspect of life is formational, we are always learning and being changed – whether we know it or not.  Her preference is for intentional, “awake” learning, but she’s comfortable with more subversive methods – think bulletin boards that make you think.

There are two Creation stories in the Bible – one for administration and one for formation.

Bringing order out of chaos, in the first story, is an example of administration. Jo has organized, managed documents for, and supplied programs for more than 30 years. Most recently she served as the Deputy Township Clerk of Milton Township, DuPage County and as Parish Administrator for Annunciation of Our Lady in Gurnee. She has managed programs and associations which are international, regional, diocesan, deanery and parish-level.  She is addicted to task lists, time-lines and multi-colored folders.

The second creation story, the one in the garden, illustrates the ministry of formation.  God gave the people the work of caring for the animals and plants in that place: nurturing, creating safe and healthy space for optimum growth and turning the soil when needed.  In 30 years as a lay professional in the Episcopal Church Jo has developed age-appropriate programs for Christians-in-development from age 2 through 92, coached and trained, taught and prodded. Her passion is helping each person discover their gifts and learn to look for God’s movement in their lives.

Jo and her husband Ed have three grown daughters and three grandsons.  Free time, not spent visiting their out-of-state children, is likely to find Jo reading mysteries or working in the garden.