Julie Chestnut

Pastor for Early Childhood // Ark Preschool Director

Vision for Position

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.

Spiritual Gifts

Service, Hospitality

Hobbies & Interests

Spending time with family and friends, Bible Study, Reading, Gardening, Visiting Colorado


Audio Books; Old Movies; Cooking Blogs; Small Town Antique Stores; The Sing-Off; Lunches with Friends; Dates with my Husband

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 Preschool at the Covenant Church. She continues as the Ark Preschool Director, while also working as the Early Childhood Pastor, ministering to children (birth through Kindergarten) and their families.

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