Joanna Haas Hancock ’07

Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 9.18.29 AMJoanna’s heart for missions coupled with her passion for photography led her to consider using her gifts to support missionaries in a nontraditional way. Earlier this year, Joanna began taking photos of families in her church as a hobby. Around the same time, she met a couple who was raising support for ministry work with Cru, and she felt the Lord leading her to help them raise support through her photography.

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She soon realized that she wanted to continue to help other missionaries and support her church missions through photography. “I decided that all the money I make through photography will always go to missions. I saw an opportunity to give in a way I had never thought of before—to use this gift from God to glorify Him and take part in His word and kingdom expansion to all parts of the world. It has been a blessing for me to be able to support missions above and beyond in this way.”

Joanna’s husband Adam also shares her love for missions. In fact, the two met while training for an internship with MTW in Nairobi, Kenya while they were college students. Their team spent two months working with a national pastor in Kenyan slums, teaching children and caring for orphans and others at risk in the community. Joanna said, “We soon discovered that we both had a passion for missions and a love for the Kenyan people. Our desire is to do long-term missions sometime in the future.” Joanna and Adam were married in June 2011 and attend Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship, where they serve together on the missions team, and Joanna serves in women’s ministry.

Joanna is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2011. She works at Barnes-Jewish Hospital as a registered nurse on the neurology floor, where she cares for patients who suffer from neurological conditions such as strokes, seizures, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, and myasthenia gravis.

For more information about Joanna’s photography, contact her at jhancockphotography@gmail.comView her portfolio.