Rev. Julie Anna Sterling

Phone: 757-539-3213 Email:

We welcome our new pastor, the Rev. Julie Anna Sterling, to the Suffolk Presbyterian Church family!

Rev. Sterling, or Rev. Julie, as she prefers, began her ministry at SPC on May 1, 2017 after serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Buckhannon, West Virginia.

A native of Pella, Iowa, she received a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2002. She had served as pastor of small congregations in Hebron, Nebraska, and Sigourney, Iowa, before her previous call.

After a year-long search process, and sifting through hundreds of resumes, the Pastor Nominating Committee enthusiastically selected Rev. Julie as its nominee. Her commitment to pastoral care, missions and our Reformed theology resonated with the PNC’s sense of what the congregation was seeking.

Suffolk seemed like a good match for Rev. Julie, as well.

“I prayed that I would find a church as loving and supportive as my present call,” she said, “and I believe I’ve found it in Suffolk Presbyterian Church.”

She and husband Eric, a Pittsburgh native, have moved in with their menagerie of “fur babies” – a dog and four cats.  They both enjoy being outdoors, particularly fishing, hiking and taking their rescue dog, Cooper, on long trail runs.

“My husband and I feel truly blessed to be invited to be part of your church family,” she said. “We are excited to take this next step in our faith journey with your congregation, the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia, and the larger Suffolk community.  I truly hope I can help the Suffolk Presbyterian Church grow into the church that God has blessed it to be”

The Commission on Ministry enthusiastically welcomed Sterling into the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia on March 7.  She will be formally installed as our pastor later this summer after being received at the July meeting of the Presbytery.

Welcome Rev. Julie!

News From Pastor

Email Changes at SPC

In peparation for an upgrade in office communications, please update your SPC contact data with the new email address below: Rev. Julie Sterling : Laura (admin. assist): These email address are now active and the old email address will become inactive in mid-July.

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Living as “Easter People”

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Spiritual Discipline & Lent

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“Uncluttering Our Spiritual Lives” – Rev. Sterling

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Looking Forward in Hope

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