Jo Ann Deasy joined the ATS staff in June 2014 to fill a new position in the area of Programs and Services. Her primary responsibilities are to coordinate the Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers initiative by planning gatherings and webinars, maintaining regular contact with project leaders, and capturing, interpreting, and disseminating what is learned. In addition, she handles the management, collection, and interpretation of data as well as promotion of the Entering Student, Graduating Student, and Alumni/ae Questionnaires and the Profiles of Ministry instrument. An ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Deasy has served on staff at congregations in Duluth, Minnesota, and Mercer Island, Washington, and came to ATS from Sojourner Covenant Church in Evanston, Illinois, where she had been serving as permanent lead pastor since April 2012. She graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a PhD in congregational studies with an emphasis in congregational leadership and contextual theologies. Prior to full-time studies, Deasy served for seven years as the dean of students and community life at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago.