Our Ministers

Pastor: Julie Rudd

Julie Rudd comes to Wilmington from the snowbelt of upstate New York. She studied at Houghton College and is a 2009 graduate of the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana, where she earned a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministry.  In addition to her work at Wilmington Friends Meeting, she serves on boards for the Clinton County Adult Day Center and Hope House: A Safe Place For Women And Children. She and her husband, Craig, are passionate about progressive theology, good music, and trying new types of cheese.

Julie can be reached at (937) three eight two-2349, or by email at Julie.Rudd@wfmeeting.org.


Handbell Choir Director: Jennilou Grotevant

Jennilou has been ringing handbells since 1976.  She first discovered them in Missoula, MT where the church she was attending had a handbell choir.  She fell in love with the sound and the group experience of the choir. And she still is in love with the instrument.

When she moved to Wilmington, one of the factors that sent her to Wilmington Friends when she was looking for a church home was the existence of the handbell choir.  Phil Fay directed the group when she joined it.  He retired, and no one else came forward to direct.  Jennilou said that she could count to 4 and she knew how to ring, so she gave it a whirl.

She says, “I love the handbell choir–who we are as a caring, fun group, and how we contribute to worship with the music we prepare. If you think handbell ringing looks like fun and something you would like to try, talk to me, or send an email: jennilou2@hotmail.com.”