Rev. Julie Anna Sterling

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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

Searching for the Perfect Gift – Rev. Sterling

In the lead up to Christmas, many of us spend time in search of the perfect gift — the gift that communicates to friends and family how much we know and love them. We search our memories for indications of what gift might cause the faces of our loved ones to light up on Christmas […]

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Reflecting on Stewardship

From the Pastor,  Rev. Julie Sterling (Reprinted form the Nov. 2018 “The Bridge”) Stewardship Sunday is just around the corner. Time to make plans and request commitments for the coming year. As we prayerfully pull together our church budget for 2019, I wonder what blessings God has in store for our church. How will God […]

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Joint Holy Week Services

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, […]

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Ash Wednesday Service and Lenten Study scheduled Feb 14 & 15

Ash Wednesday Service:  Wednesday, Feb. 14th.  7 pm.  Come join us in worship as we prepare for the Lenten Journey.  This is a service of music, prayer, scripture, message, and imposition of ashes.  Everyone is welcome. ************************************************ Lenten Study:  Thursday, Feb 15th.  6 pm.  Church Library.  You are invited to take part in our Lenten Study “Learning forgiveness”.  […]

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Rev. Julie Installed as Pastor Oct 15

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 […]

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Installation of Rev. Julie Sterling

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.

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