Julie accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior in 1999 at a church in Des Moines. She says, “It was a glorious, miraculous moment and I am so thankful I am now adopted into God’s family. Since then, I have steadily grown in the grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ. He is the Lord of my life and I lean on, trust in and rely on Him in every area of my life. He is everything to me and I find great joy in testifying that He has delivered me, saved me, healed me and forgiven me. My life is now complete in Him!”
Julie grew up on a farm in Ossian, a small town in northeast Iowa about 15 miles south of Decorah. She graduated from South Winneshiek High School in Calmar, Iowa and went on to earn an AA degree from Waldorf College and a BS degree from Minnesota State University. After college, in 1991, she decided to move to the Des Moines area for better job opportunities and has been here ever since.
Her career has taken her from a Pharmacy Tech to a Pharmacy Buyer at Iowa Lutheran Hospital and then on to 3 different positions spanning 20 years at Lennox Industries as an inventory analyst, buyer and strategic sourcing analyst. In 2016, she earned her certification as a CPSM – Certified Professional in Supply Management through the Institute of Supply Management. On Dec 31, 2017, her career at Lennox ended due to her position being relocated to the Lennox Corporate office in Richardson, Texas. Her deep roots in Iowa and Ankeny gave her no peace or desire to move away. At the time of this writing, she is immersed in the job search and excited for where God will take her.
Julie attends Word of Victory Church in Ankeny. She attended a private, parochial from the first grade to the eighth grade and experienced the benefit of godly influences and perspectives. As the years have gone by, she has grown to appreciate the solid foundation of morals and values that was built during those years. She has a heart for Christian schools and what they stand for. She values being involved in supporting, praying and helping Ankeny Christian Academy to continue to be successful in preparing students to be mighty for the Kingdom of God, in the marketplace, and in their neighborhoods.