Julie Jewell – Children’s Ministry Director and mama to Claire – has been the Children’s Ministry Director since 2013 and, in her own words, “…it has been the best job I’ve ever had. It is truly a blessing I thank God for every day. I love working with the volunteers, families, and kids, and hearing about how Jesus is changing lives.” Julie is a joy to work with. Her enthusiasm for teaching children about Jesus, loving them well, and helping them to grow is contagious.
Julie in three words is “blessed, loved, and at peace.” She’s from Augusta, Georgia, where her family still lives. She attended college in Atlanta and enjoys going back home for visits. Naturally, she loves the south, and although she loved city living, she’s grown to love small-town living even more.
About her family, Julie says: “I’m married to Charlie Jewell who blessed me with the forever name Julie Jewell. God knew exactly what I needed when he put us together. He drug me to Virginia kicking and screaming from Atlanta 11 years ago, but again, God knew exactly what I needed and has blessed us in so many ways here. Our daughter, Claire, is 4 years old. She is a true blessing and keeps our lives entertaining. She is sweet, smart, caring, and sassy (in a good way).”
Julie and her husband first heard about Northstar on a non-Christian radio station. They decided to give it a try and found that they loved the worship, the message, and the people there. Northstar is now their family and they have since been challenged to grow spiritually in many different ways and continue to feel that challenge to grow. In three words, Julie would describe Northstar as “family, life-changing, and innovative.”
A verse Julie draws inspiration from comes out of Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Julie says, “I love this verse because worry is something I tend to struggle with, but I do find that with prayer, God does provide a peace that transcends all understanding in big and small situations.”
King David from the Bible is also a source of inspiration for Julie. “…he was after God’s heart, but he also messed up in some pretty royal ways,” she explains. “It’s a comfort to me to read stories about people like this in the Bible to be reminded God can use anyone to do His work and even heroes in the Bible are not perfect.”
Recently God has been teaching Julie more about His reliability, His changelessness, and His purposes. “…His way is perfect and He will never change,” says Julie. “I feel like He has been teaching me that I can trust His plan for my future and have peace about it even when I don’t know what it will hold, good and bad. I’ve also been trying to comprehend that we can count it pure joy when we face hardships because it is God refining us and maturing us (James 1:2-4). I’m still working on counting hardships pure joy but God’s helped me make a little progress!”