Julia completed her undergraduate work at Western Carolina University, graduating as a NC Teaching Fellow, and spent eleven years teaching high school science. Julia took her summers off as an opportunity to continue her work with the United Methodist Church, leading work teams from across the country as they traveled to the far western region of our state remodeling homes and building relationships within our Appalachian communities.

Leaving the classroom to pursue full time ministry, Julia became the director of program ministries and later the director of development and marketing at the Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville, NC.

This intersection of community development, faith, and politics led Julia to Emory University where she obtained her M.Div. degree in 2009. Julia’s academic research centers around missiology, and she is currently a member of the faculty at Emory University’s Regional Course of Study School.

Julia is the past president of the Tri-County Democratic Women, owns and operates a database development company, and most recently managed Jane Hipps’ bid for the NC Senate seat in District 50.

Phone:  (828) 361-3610