About Jo Ann

Jo Ann LAgman


Jo Ann Jaén Lagman was born in Maywood, Illinois, grew up in Downers Grove and lives in Batavia with her wife, Julie and son, John-John. She earned her B.S. in Medical Technology and Doctor of Medicine degrees in the Philippines, returning to the United States for residency training in Family Medicine at Rush University Medical Center. Feeling like something was still missing in her life, Jo Ann began a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Illinois in Chicago with a concentration on ovarian cancer research. Though she enjoyed the intellectual challenge and the rewarding outcomes, Jo Ann felt a growing call to the priesthood.  After a period of discernment, she began her seminary studies. She graduated from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary with her M.Div. and Bexley Seabury with her Anglican Diploma. She continues her work as a physician for Northwestern Medicine.  She was ordained to the transitional diaconate at St. Mark’s on February 27, 2021.   God willing and the people consenting, she will be ordained an Episcopal priest. 

Jo Ann came to St. Mark’s for a seminary cross-cultural experience and internship through the Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation with Advocate Health.  As of July 1st Jo Ann became a member of the staff as our ministerial associate.   

She has a passion for mission and is especially interested in learning what mission looks like in our context. She enjoys creative ways of doing ministry, working with both tradition and innovation. She is definitely working on her Spanish.  

Jo Ann loves to travel and explore new places and enjoys playing the piano and violin.  In her spare time, she likes to play Scrabble and cook (badly, she says). She loves spending time at concerts, plays, museums, and with family and friends.