Introducing Julie!

We are delighted to introduce you to Board Member, Julie Sheridan-Smith. Julie officially accepted our Board invitation with the words, “my heart is leaping with YES!” She is Associate Minister of Northshore Congregational Church in Fox Point, WI, and a long-time friend of Cindee’s. We’ll let her tell you the rest in her own words.


My name is Julie Sheridan-Smith. I am a mother, wife, and an ordained minister.  My husband and I have three children, who are now young adults, attending college, graduating or pursuing a PhD.  I became personally aware of chronic pain when our daughter began experiencing constant and excruciating back pain, resulting in surgery when she was in middle school.  Yet the pain continued and other unexplained issues began – nausea, stomach pain, and inability to keep food down.  During her senior year in high school, our daughter became gravely ill and depleted. She spent much of her senior year in and out of the hospital, diagnosed with gastroparesis, a condition in which her stomach cannot empty correctly.  The quest for relief and solutions, the ongoing struggle of chronic illness, and the anxiety that accompanies both has drawn me to seek to know and speak toward God’s presence in and through the reality of chronic pain – both for the one experiencing it and for those who love them.

There is joy in shared relationship – comfort and healing, purpose and grace in the stories and the lived experiences that we bring to each other and offer up to God.

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  1. Oh my goodness Julie! So wonderful to learn where you are now and congratulations on your new ministry! Yes, yes, yes we need to get together! Is your ministry for your congregation only or for the community as well? Sorry to learn about Margaret’s illness … Jack missed most of fifth grade in and out of the hospital with gasteroparesis. It took nearly four months to diagnose; he was 10 and doctors said he wouldn’t live to be a teenager. Today, Jack is 25, is married (to a wonderful woman I love) and is a second year medical student. His healing was truly a miracle from heaven. Lots has happened with our family in the years since I have last seen you, as I am sure the same is with your family. Wouldn’t it be great to get together with you, me, Pam Parker and Sarah De Young? Perhaps we could all use some chronic illness sister support!

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