Julia Gonzales

Julia Gonzales

Associate Pastor

I received my call to ministry when I was a sophomore in high school at Epworth Forest Church Camp. I spent the next few years discerning where God was leading me. The journey included getting a B.A. in Communication: Human Relations at Purdue University with minors in English and OLS (Organizational Leadership and Supervision) and having my life changed by Purdue’s Wesley Foundation. The transformation that can come from being a part of a Christian community that reaches beyond Sunday service is an incredible gift from God. The kind of intentional community love that I experienced at the Wesley Foundation is something that I hope to carry with me wherever my ministry leads me.

After graduating from Purdue in 2015 I was accepted into Duke Divinity School for my Master’s degree. I graduated in May of 2018 and have been enjoying being back in my native state. Originally I’m from Frankfort, IN and I am the oldest daughter of Ron and Sherry Pritchett with two younger siblings (Elizabeth and Daniel). Kyle Gonzales and I started dating during my time at Duke Divinity School and we became engaged on May 24, 2018. Due to my schoolwork and his job we gained a lot of experience in communication and handling long distance.

The church has always been a part of my life. I was raised United Methodist: sitting with my grandparents and siblings in the family pew while my parents sang in the choir, attending Sunday School, and joining in with youth group activities up until I started attending Purdue. There have been ups and downs in my faith journey, but through it all God has been a constant voice of reassurance and encouragement.

Favorite Movie: Wonder Woman or Howl’s Moving Castle
Favorite Book: Current favorite for relaxing is The Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard
Favorite Sports Team: Purdue University
Favorite Vacation Destination: Smoky Mountains
Favorite Local Restaurant/coffee shop: Any place with a good cup of tea and chocolate croissants

What is your most memorable moment to-date at St. Mark’s UMC?

Prior to starting at St. Marks, I received a bouquet of flowers from my new church family in congratulations for my graduation. I was being shown hospitality and kindness before I even officially started at St. Mark’s UMC, which meant a lot.

What most excites you about the future of St. Mark’s UMC?

I am excited to see how we will continue to grow and foster relationships with the world beyond the church. St. Mark’s UMC is mission-minded and I am eager to see how we will continue to live out God’s call on our lives.