Vicar Julie Peterson
I grew up in Naperville, IL in Lutheran churches that encouraged and supported my spiritual growth. While attending Hope College, a small Christian school in Michigan, I experienced the first inklings of my call to ministry through the vibrant worship life of the campus ministry and eye-opening theology and ministry classes. In college I became deeply interested in hunger and poverty issues and the way our Christian theological resources shape our call to these ministries. After college I worked with ECLA World Hunger in Chicago and experienced first-hand how the church engages the world by addressing the root causes of and solutions to hunger and poverty. Learning about this important work and sharing it with others excited me, and I felt called to seminary.
In 2011, I moved to Princeton, NJ to study at Princeton Theological Seminary. Through the witness of my friends and colleagues at PTS and my experiences in my field education congregation I began to discern God calling me to ordained ministry. Shortly after graduating I began the candidacy process with the ELCA and enrolled in a final year of theological education at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. I married my husband Andrew in August of 2014. Andrew is currently a PhD student in theology at Princeton Seminary and we live in the Princeton area. I am very much looking forward to this year of internship, both bringing my gifts to the ministry of a new church community and learning even more from the people and relationships formed there. Outside of my vocational life, I love practicing and teaching yoga, cooking tasty food, and being outdoors.