While she was still very young, Joan Pinkston's parents discovered that she displayed unusual ability in music and provided her with the finest music training available in her native Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At age 12 she began regular television and concert appearances as a classical musician. Realizing that her talents were a gift from God and desiring to use them for the Lord's glory, Joan began serving as church pianist beginning at the age of 10. She continued her musical training with degrees in piano from Bob Jones University, private piano study with concert pianists Leo Litwin and Alfred Kanwischer, and choral arranging study with Alice Parker. Although a gifted pianist, her greatest contributions to church music have been her choral pieces and arrangements, currently being published by Soundforth and Beckenhorst Presses. They are performed in churches around the world and are heard regularly on broadcasts and recordings. For the past twenty-five years she has taught music theory, choral writing and arranging, and hymnplaying at Bob Jones University. She also serves as a church pianist.