Rev. Joanna Lawrence Shenk joined Faith in Action Bay Area as a clergy organizer in January 2021. She is also the Associate Pastor at First Mennonite Church of San Francisco.

In 2018, Joanna took part  in a year-long cohort, in which San Francisco clergy learned about organizing, studied the history of the city, and wrestled with their call as faith leaders. She became inspired to build community power to change things in the city.

As our clergy organizer, Joanna accompanies San Francisco faith leaders in developing their moral vision of a city in which everyone belongs. She writes, “as people of faith, we must claim our power and the Spirit’s power to envision a world freed from white supremacist, heteronormative, capitalist patriarchy.”

Joanna lives in the Mission District in San Francisco.