Julie Chestnut

Pastor for Early Childhood // Ark Preschool Director



Julie grew up in Littleton, Colorado. She graduated from Hastings College in Nebraska, majoring in Economics and Business Administration, and then returned to Colorado to work in her family’s investment firm. Julie married her husband, Merlin, in 1981 and with the adoption of their two children, became a stay at home mom.  Through the years, she became active in several preschool programs. The family moved to Clay Center in 1994 to join the family farm and Julie became the director of the Ark Early Learning Center at the Covenant Church. She continues as the Ark Early Learning Center Director, while also working as the Early Childhood Pastor, ministering to children (birth through Kindergarten) and their families. Her hobbies include spending time with family, grandchildren and friends, Bible Study, reading, gardening, and visiting Colorado. Her favorite things are old movies, small town antique stores, lunches or coffee with friends, and dates with her husband.

Her vision for her position is to partner with parents to raise children who will grow to: 1) Love God fully, 2) Meet the challenges their generation faces with a biblical worldview, and 3) Become leaders for the Kingdom.

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