Jo Ann Deasy joined the ATS staff in June 2014 as director, institutional initiatives and student research. Her responsibilities include coordinating the Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers initiative, and the management, collection, and interpretation of data for 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 lead pastor since 2010. 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.