Museum Street Minister
Our minister, Rev. Joan Pell, joined us in September 2019.
Pastor Joan grew up in England in a Christian family attending the United Reformed Church. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Reading and then worked for eight years as a software engineer before becoming a stay-at-home mom.
Joan moved with her husband Adrian and their three sons to California in 1997 where they joined their local United Methodist Church (UMC). Over the years Joan played many different lay roles in the local church including teaching children and adult Sunday School classes, leading drama ministry, and team-planning contemporary and traditional worship services. Then, as she heard God’s call to pastoral ministry becoming stronger and stronger, Joan started seminary, and she graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley in 2010 and was ordained in 2014.
Joan served for two years at Cornerstone Community UMC in Rocklin, California, followed by three years at Byron UMC, California, and then four years in Grass Valley, California at Sierra Pines UMC. In summer 2019, she returned to the UK to come to us in the Ipswich Methodist Circuit to serve as a recognized and regarded minister in Full Connexion with the Methodist Church in Britain.
Outside of work, Joan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, walking, and combining her artistic and computer skills by taking lots of photographs and making cards and other items.