Dear Holy Communion,
I am pleased to announce, after a nationwide search, that the Rev. Julie Graham has accepted the vestry and my invitation to be our Associate Rector, effective June 1, 2021.
Julie brings over 25 years of experience in ordained ministry to her work, alongside a commitment to engaging with the freshest ideas of the church. In her work with us, Julie will have special charge for pastoral support for youth, children, and family ministries, collaborating with our Children’s Formation Coordinator Heidi Olliff. She will also support the work of our Grace Gathering initiative.
I’ll let Julie tell you more about herself in her letter below. Let me say how excited I am to have Julie join our team, and how thankful I am to our vestry and ministry leaders who helped in the process.
Dear wonderful people of Holy Communion Church,
I am thrilled to be called to serve with you in revealing Christ’s love in the world.
For the past 17 years I have been an associate at St. Paul’s in Burlingame, California. I worked first supporting Children and Family ministries and eighteen months ago expanded my role to full time associate rector adding responsibility for the healing ministries and establishing an Invite, Welcome, Connect ministry team to orient our church to the seeker.
I am that rare life long Episcopalian who grew up in Lubbock, Texas. I attended the University of New Mexico and right after graduating headed to seminary at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. It was during an internship in Hawaii that my fire for young people and creating new kinds of Christian community ignited.
Creating an ever expanding community in Christ has been a constant thread in my years of ministry, and it’s what really attracted me to Holy Communion. When my husband Thomas discerned it was time for him to retire, I too was ready to start a new chapter. And now I had the freedom to go wherever the Spirit called me. And the Spirit has called me to St. Louis!
Thomas and I have been married 29 years. We have a son, Elliot, who is a freshman at the University of Missouri studying journalism and political science. My hope is to get a dog, but for now I have to be happy with a gecko named Skip.
It is just so clear that Holy Communion is a special, loving , expansive place. Working with your gifted staff and rector will be a privilege and joy. I look forward to getting to know you, to building and deepening relationships, and learning about this part of the world. I know we’re going to have fun.
In Christ’s love,