Joannie has been serving at Forest Grove Baptist Church as Pianist and Choir Director since 2012. Joannie has played the piano from the age of three and a half. She graduated from Memphis State University with a Piano Performance Degree. After committing her life to the Lord at age 23, she began serving as a Youth Minister in the Memphis area. From there the Lord called her into Music Evangelism where she ministered as a Concert Pianist to thousands of people for over 28 years.
Joannie moved to the Alachua area in 1993 and has ministered in several local area churches. In addition to serving with Forest Grove Baptist Church, she teaches piano and voice to over 25 area students. Joannie has two grown children, John-David and Jenny and has four beautiful grandchildren.
Leading the congregation and choir in worship every Sunday morning is Jack Patton. His energetic spirit and heartfelt approach to servant leadership make him an excellent Worship Leader. Together with Joannie, he puts together the weekly music program for the church, choosing songs that are relevant to all generations.