Janna Louie is BJC’s chief of staff, directing BJC’s programs and serving as chief people officer. Louie leads the BJC Fellows Program, BJC Internship Program, and BJC’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
Ordained in the American Baptist Churches USA, Louie joined BJC in 2023 after working for more than a decade in the university context with graduate students and faculty. She is the founder of the Coalition of Asian American Pacific Islander Churches, and she received a pastoral study project grant from the Louisville Institute that focused on coalition building for Asian North American church communities. She also received the Parish Pulpit Fellowship to study sociopolitical engagement through preaching in contexts without religious liberty.
Louie has directed various preaching courses and has preaching experience throughout the United States, South Africa, Kenya, Indonesia, Ghana, Viet Nam and Thailand. She earned a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a bachelor of science in mathematics and secondary education from Vanderbilt University.
Currently living in Los Angeles, she was born and raised in Chicago and is a daughter of immigrants. In her spare time, Louie enjoys running, cooking and learning to grow her own vegetables.