Julia Walker-Jewell

When did you join the staff and what is your position?

Although the scope and size of my position has changed greatly since the time that I began in October of 1995, I was hired as Director of Music and continue to hold that position.

What is your favorite thing about working here?

My favorite thing about working here is the creative freedom, support and acceptance which I receive from both the staff and the congregation. Even after twenty five years in this position, I continue to come up with new and exciting ideas for music and worship and feel fully supported to act as I am “led by the Spirit”. I feel as if the congregation trusts me to creatively act on their behalf to make worship all that it can be.

What is the funniest thing that has happened since you started working here?

I believe the funniest thing that ever happened to me here happened on my very first Sunday here. I nervously stood up to direct the Chancel Choir Anthem and as I was directing with my back to the congregation, I realized that my precocious four year old daughter had gotten up, lifted up the back of my robe and gotten under it while I was conducting. She ran around and flapped her arms under the thick layer of fabric while I continued to conduct with one hand and swat at her with the other, trying to remain dignified in the most undignified of situations.

Where were you born and raised?

I am from Wilmington and am married to a man that is from Wilmington. Our parents and siblings continue to live in the area as well and we have three daughters which we have raised here. Having our extended family close by means a great deal to us.

What drew you to this job?

I was drawn to this church several years before I was hired to work here. Although I held positions at other churches, I had attended Wrightsville UMC several times for various events and knew, without a doubt, that this was where I wanted to serve. Even though it was a small beach church back then, the warm, loving and inviting spirit of its people, the one that’s still here today, is what drew me here and has kept me here.



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