“I’m asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long. I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet.” Psalm 27:4, Peterson’s The Message
Rev. Bruton-Sheppard, in her first career as a nurse, found her most rewarding experience in the field of Hospice Home Care. During those 14 years God presented me with many life-lessons caring for those at the end of life.
God blessed her to become a wife. She is the proud mother of 1 daughter and 3 sons. She is also the grandmother of 4 granddaughters and 2 grandsons, and a great-grand mother of a beautiful girl.
In 1989 Rev. Bruton-Sheppard was licensed to preach, ordained in 1993 and presently holds the position of Associate Minister at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church where Rev. Dr. Donald D. Moore is Pastor. Her formal education includes a BA degree in Jewish Studies at Gratz College in Melrose Park, PA; a Master of Divinity Degree at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Blue Bell, PA. She is a practicing Spiritual Director, receiving training from Kairos School of Spiritual Formation. She is a current student at Assisi Institute: The International Center for the Study of Archetypal Patterns.
By nature, Rev. Julia or Rev. J, is an introvert and treasures quiet time. However, what brings her out of solitude is a call to help the disenfranchised and the most vulnerable. You may find her helping someone more senior than herself or joining programs that provide vital support for them and others.
Rev. Julia loves to sing and you will see her singing with the church choir, in the soprano section, on fourth Sundays. She is an avid traveler and has seen many marvels in God’s world through the lens of a camera. Those images have created lifetime memories. She often says, “Give me one hour to pack and I’ll be ready to go!”