Rev. Julie Anna Sterling
Phone: 757-539-3213 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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Rev. Skip Irby fills the SPC pulpit today, while Rev. Julie is on vacation. She will be back next Sunday.
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Published March 23, 2018
The three churches of West End Baptist, Oxford Methodist, and Suffolk Presbyterian have planned joint worship services during Holy Week. Please join us for the following services: Maundy Thursday Service: March 29, 7:00 p.m., at Oxford Methodist Church, Rev. Julie Sterling (SPC) preaching Good Friday Service: March 30, 7:00 p.m., at West End Baptist Church, […]
Published February 12, 2018
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Published October 21, 2017
On Sunday afternoon, October 15, the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia installed the Rev. Julie Anna Sterling as pastor of Suffolk Presbyterian Church. The long-awaited ceremony marked not a beginning but a joyous continuation of Sterling’s ministry in Suffolk. She and her husband, Eric Sterling, had immersed themselves in the congregation and community in May, after […]
Published October 2, 2017
Come join us as we celebrate the installation of Rev. Julie Sterling to Suffolk Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 15 at 2 pm. All are welcome! Reception to follow.
Published May 26, 2017
Beginning May 1, 2017, SPC welcomes Rev. Julie Anna Sterling as pastor to our faith family.
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Published August 22, 2014
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