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

New Realities, New Opportunities – Rev. Sterling

From “The Bridge, ” April, 2020 It’s hard for me to make sense of how I feel today.  Writing this newsletter article has been one of the hardest things I’ve had to do.  This is supposed to be the time where I tell you about all the wonderful things we have planned for Holy Week […]

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Suffolk Presbyterian Virtual Worship– Mar. 22, 2020 Rev. Julie Sterling, Tim Price

Watch Suffolk Presbyterian Virtual here. Rev. Julie recorded the uplifting homily and prayers from her home. The audio files are taken from a longer video produced by Tim and Kyle that is available on YouTube at . We hope that these new experiences will be provide opportunity to worship and be transformative in […]

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“For the Beauty of the Earth”

By Rev. Julie Sterling From The Bridge, March. 2020 One of my favorite hymns growing up in the church was the song “For the Beauty of the Earth.” I can still hear my brother and parents sitting next to me in the pew singing their heart out. The tune brings me back to simpler times […]

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