Pastor’s Corner

May 7, 2018

Greetings in the Name of the Risen Christ!

By now you have learned that I have been appointed by Bishop Beard to serve as the Pastor of the Bonfield-Grand Prairie Parish.  I wanted to give you just a little information about me and my family before we meet on July 1, 2018.

I am married to Joe Schripsema.  We have been married since October 1990.  Joe and I are both former lawyers.  Joe retired from active practice in 2011.  He was a teacher before becoming a lawyer and now substitutes in the Bradley School District two to three times a week.  We have two daughters, Frankie Ann (19) and Lyndsay Joe (14).  Our oldest daughter, Frankie Ann, will be a sophomore at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA, studying Civil Engineering and Social Policy on Technology Usage.  Our youngest, Lyndsay Joe, will be a freshman at Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School in the fall.  Our move to Bonfield will be the fourth move our daughters have made.  We found that each move has been difficult for our kids so with the permission of District Superintendent Pogemiller and your gracious acceptance Lyndsay will be enrolled at BBCHS as an out-of-district student.  This will allow her to continue her education with friends she has made during the last five years.

We have a rescue dog, Annie, who likes to run.  I found her on the road one day as I was traveling to Paducah, KY, during my first appointment in 2007.  She mostly stays outside during the day and comes in at night.  She hates thunderstorms.  We also have a cat, Bei, who was from New Beginnings a Cat Shelter.  We have had Bei since about 2013.  Annie and Bei cannot stand one another.  So they can’t be in the same room at the same time.  Makes life interesting!

I attended Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary from approximately 2004-2007.  I graduated in May 2007 and was appointed to Glendale-Eddyville and Taylor churches in July 2007.  I was commissioned in 2007 and Ordained in 2010.  I served at Sesser-Valier from 2009 to 2013, then Wesley from 2013 to 2018.  I ceased to practice law upon attending Seminary in 2004.

I like to quilt, crotchet, read, and camp.  Not necessarily in any particular order.  I’ll read just about anything, but my favorite is probably biographies.

I like to think my preaching style is easy to listen to and definitely Biblically and theologically sound.  We are still on a journey of faith and faith is a matter of the heart, the head, the hands and the feet.

We will continue our faith journey together on July 1.

In His Service,

Pastor Julie A. Smith