Julie is a disciple, reader, writer, runner, photographer, wife to Michael, mom to a bunch. She serves as the Pastor of LifeWomen Women's Ministry at her home church of LifeAustin in Austin, Texas, where Randy Phillips of Phillips, Craig and Dean serves as Lead Pastor. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Legacy of Hope Austin, a non-profit dedicated to serving families with children with special needs. Legacy of Hope provides dance classes and performance through their 2dance2dream program, respite night date care for parents through 2night2dream, and a new program, 2ride2dream, which provides children with special needs the opportunity to experience the wonder of horseback riding. These programs are provided free of charge to families through the generosity of donors and corporate sponsors.
Receiving her Bachelor of Science in Pre-Med/Psychology and her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Abilene Christian University, Julie began her career in radio and television as an anchor and reporter. After the birth of her first child, she continued to work in media as a voice over artist and on-camera personality in advertising. She also owned a successful professional photography business and continues to enjoy wielding the camera.
Julie's newest book, Raising an Original, will be released by Harper Collins/Zondervan in September, 2016. A popular speaker and teacher, Julie speaks on a variety of platforms in both church and business settings. She has been blessed to share the stage with such talents as Lysa TerKeurst, Mandisa, Anita Renfroe, Candace Cameron Bure, Natalie Grant, Sheila Walsh, Ellie Holcomb, Tim Tebow, Mark Batterson, Ted Dekker and William Bennet. She narrates audiobooks for Thomas Nelson and Zondervan (you can find a list of her audiobook narration work below). Julie is also a featured blogger for Spirit 105.9 in Austin, and for All Mom Does, part of the Crista Media group. As a mother of eight, she often speaks on parenting, leadership, women's issues, life balance and history.
Married to her college sweetheart Michael for over 26 years, she is mom to Madison, age 25, McKenna-Jane, age 22, Justus, age 19, Maesy, age 17, Jairus, age 14, Journey, age 12, and twins Merci and Jakin, ages 8.