Riverside Welcomes Julie Johnson Staples
Posted on Riverside Blog August 31, 2012
Dear Members and Friends of The Riverside Church
As the conclusion of our ministry with Rev. Dr. Arnold Thomas nears (Sun September 2 will be the final occasion of his celebrating in worship at Riverside) many in the church have been wondering and asking how the work of the Education Department will be directed in the immediate future. After all, in September, all church programs turn on like a faucet at full force.
It is my pleasure to announce that I have made the appointment of Rev. Julie Johnson Staples to serve as our Interim Minister with Education. A short biography of Rev. Johnson Staples is appended to this message.
Rev. Johnson Staples will begin her work at Riverside in the fourth floor education offices on Tuesday, September 4th. On Sunday, September 16th -Homecoming Sunday- she will for the first time join with the clergy in the chancel in the Lord's Day Worship celebration.
Please extend a warm greeting of Christian fellowship and collaboration as you meet Rev. Johnson Staples in the course of our joined ministries.
Rev. Stephen H. Phelps
REV. JULIE JOHNSON STAPLES - BIO
Before her education at Harvard, Rev. Johnson Staples completed her Master of Divinity at the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, graduating with distinction in Biblical Studies/Hebrew Bible. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, and is an emeritus member of the board of visitors. Rev. Johnson Staples completed her undergraduate degree in journalism at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Public Information at the University of Kansas. She is a member of the Journalism School's Board of Trustees. In May, Rev. Johnson Staples was appointed to the board of the Congregational Library of the Congregational Christian Historical Society in Boston, Massachusetts. She is also former Chair of the Board of Directors of healthywomen.org, a national women's health organization and a former visiting professor in the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.