Julie comes to Paraclete after 24 years of retail sales management, and eight years of full-time ministry and non-profit management. A licensed minister, she adds rich education to her experience; M.A. in Cross-cultural Leadership from Fuller Seminary, and holds certificates in Mediation, Human Resource Management and TESOL.
A missionary with the heart of a pastor, “Julie cares for our souls”, says Bamlaku Dessie, an emerging leader she mentors in Northern Ethiopia. Julie comes alongside “Simply the Story, Oral Bible Inductive Style,” as part of a leadership team that teaches workshops around the world. Julie is excited to help lead women’s conferences in Northern Ethiopia and Kenya. Only 30% of Ethiopian girls complete high school. Overcrowding in the classes, lack of community support and traditional cultural expectations do not give girls the opportunity to complete their education and become the women they were created to be.
PinkGirl targets high school girls with a tutoring program, life skills classes and provides educational assistance to impoverished Ethiopian young women. Today, the pilot program supports over 110 girls on four Compassion International/Ethiopian church campuses in Northern Ethiopia. Julie is the Executive Director and is truly in her “sweet spot.” (PINK-Power In Knowledge)