Oct  2017 09
On the Passing of Jo Ann Gilpin

The Phillips Theological Seminary community is saddened at the passing of Jo Ann Gilpin, a former staff member and dedicated leader in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Jo Ann's career as a director of Christian education included 16 years at Harvard Avenue Christian Church in Tulsa, Okla. She also served in that role at Crown Heights Christian Church, Oklahoma City.

Jo Ann was instrumental in setting up the Tulsa center office for Phillips Theological Seminary in the buildings the seminary had from the University of Tulsa in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In 1985, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) elected her to its General Board, the governing body of the denomination.

For thirty-three consecutive summers, she taught or directed a Vacation Church School. Beyond the local congregation, Jo Ann was a member of the Association of Christian Church Educators, a curriculum representative of the Christian Board of Publication, a board member of the Division of Homeland Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and office manager of Phillips Theological Seminary.



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