Reverend Julia Jarvis was as the first Director of the IFFP Sunday School. She helped design the Sunday School curriculum, started the annual women’s retreat, assisted in the creation of the Coming of Age Program, and started the Gatherings (services). In 2006, she was hired as Christian Spiritual Director and Community Leader. She retired from IFFP in 2021 after nearly 20 years of dedicated service. During her tenure, IFFP nearly tripled its membership with families from the area, and across the country.
Julia was trained at Georgetown University Hospital doing Clinical Pastoral Care. While working there, she met Rabbi Harold White, who assisted her in how to minister to Jewish women who had miscarriages. In 1998, one of IFFP’s founding mother’s, Mary Joel Holin, asked if she would be interested in being the first Director of the IFFP Sunday School.
Between 2003 and 2006 she worked as chaplain of Springvale Terrace, an independent and assisted living facility and as Director of Older Adults Programming at Christ Congregational Church.
Julia was born in Jackson, MS, and was largely raised in Greenville, SC, Charlotte, NC, and Orlando, FL. Her father was a Southern Baptist Minister of Music and her mother was an elementary school teacher. Julia graduated from Florida State University and from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. After graduating from seminary, she moved to Washington, DC, to work with the hunger advocacy organization, Bread for the World.