Rev. Julie Goranson has been blessed to serve Grace United Church of Christ, beginning as Licensed Lay Pastor in April, 2012. Upon graduation from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2014, Julie served as Co-Pastor until June 1, 2016, when she was called to be the full time Pastor of Grace UCC, Wausau, WI.
Rev. Julie writes:
“I am a Minnesota native, born and raised in Hastings, MN, a small town south of St. Paul on the Mississippi River. I’ve had many roles in both the professional and volunteer worlds; public accounting; a non-profit director; entrepreneur; full-time parent; volunteer leader; religious leader; and ordained minister.
My family actually moved to Wausau in 1995, where we have put down roots in this community. Once my three sons were all in school, I enrolled at UWSP - Wausau, taking courses in creative writing, psychology and even statistics. I thought that I would continue coursework in psychology, leading to a graduate degree in that field, but it just didn’t feel like I was doing what I was supposed to do.
After much searching, I realized I was being called to ministry. This call was affirmed by others and in 2007, I enrolled at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, an ecumenical and UCC seminary. This time in my life involved many changes and a seven-year odyssey as a part-time student to complete my Masters of Divinity degree.
In 2011, I joined Grace UCC and was licensed in 2012 as a lay minister to provide sabbatical coverage during Rev. Wayne Drueck’s absence. My licensure was continued so that I could continue serving Grace UCC while in seminary, allowing me to gain valuable experience. Following graduation from seminary in 2014, I served as Co-Pastor in a Shared Ministry at Grace. I was called to be the Full-Time Pastor at Grace UCC beginning June 1, 2016.
My current community involvement includes serving on the Marathon County Domestic Abuse Intervention Team, and volunteering as a chaplain for the Wausau Police Department. I relax by doing yoga, doing things around my home, learning new things and keeping up with friends and family, especially my two granddaughters.”
Julie enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, golf and yoga, as well as reading and spending time with friends and family.