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. Julie is honored to be a featured speaker for Compassion International. 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. This program is 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, from Harper Collins/Zondervan, was released 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 here). Julie is also a writer for All Mom Does, part of the CRISTA Media group, and is also an on-air contributor with Steve, Amy and Friends in both the Austin and Seattle radio markets. 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 almost 28 years, she is mom to Madison, age 26, McKenna-Jane, age 23, Justus, age 20, Maesy, age 18, Jairus, age 15, Journey, age 13, and twins Merci and Jakin, ages 10.