What People Say…
Encouraging the Spiritual Life of Spiritual Leaders
Julie Johnson is engaging, warm and wise … As a leader, she deftly weaves the ancient/modern tapestry, helping participants discover both the rootedness of our ancient faith and also real-time applications to embrace the Christ-life in a postmodern culture. As a human being, Julie draws the best from each individual – forging thoughtful, loving relationships with all she comes to know.
Whether your retreat participants already possess profound spiritual depth or they have just launched an exploration of Christian faith, Julie Johnson will meet them where they are – gently inviting them to encounter the Source, Jesus Christ.
Once you’ve been privileged to learn from Julie Johnson, I feel confident you will share my enthusiasm with joy.
Rev. Nancy Graham Ogne, Associate Pastor & Teaching Elder, Community Presbyterian Church, Celebration, Florida
Frank McNair , Senior Partner , McNair and McNair, worked directly with Julie at HolyCreek Ministries
The Rev. Carri Patterson Grindon is currently the Associate Rector of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta where she is responsible for overseeing Adult Formation and Pastoral Care. She lives in Chamblee, Ga with her partner, Al and their daughters, Lucy and Sophie.
In the formative days of the Order of St. Brigit, Julie helped bring together a group of women from very diverse denominational backgrounds with sometimes opposite views. She helped us discover that God was calling us into a unity centered on Jesus Christ and that complete agreement on theological, political, or social issues was not necessary or even desirable. On more than one occasion, members were close to abandoning their vision and Julie quietly guided us back to prayer and reconciliation. We live 200 miles apart, but she selflessly made herself available via email, phone, and occasional visits for consultation, prayer, and guidance.
Julie has the unusual gift of being both a visionary and one who can organize groups to accomplish practical goals.
Julie is a gifted teacher, especially in the area of spiritual formation. She practices what she preaches; she walks her talk. She teaches leadership by modeling servanthood. She is vulnerable and quick to admit her own faults, creating a “safe” place for others who struggle on their spiritual journey. She is the best retreat leader I’ve ever experienced and has mentored myself and many others in the art of building community on retreats and pilgrimages.
Susanne Vanzant Hassell, Founder and Director of Holy Paths, Inc. Non-profit ministry offering retreats, spiritual direction, and Order of St. Brigit. Unit Leader for Creative Memories, Home business teaching people to tell their story with photos and journaling. Knoxville, TN.
Dr. James E. Davison, Director of Continuing Education, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
The Reverend Dr. David G. Forney is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Clarksville, Tennessee. Before coming to Clarksville in 2007, David served as the associate dean of faculty at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta and two churches in Texas after being ordained in the PCUSA in 1993. David has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas, a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, and currently serves as the Editor of the Journal of Religious Leadership.