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Reverend Julie Johnson Staples is a Collegiate Senior Minister serving as Executive Director of Intersections International, a ten-year strong organization that serves as a catalyst to unite disparate groups to forge a common ground in social justice and global peacemaking. Throughout her career as a journalist, Wall Street executive and minister, social justice has been her passion and a unifying thread in her work and philanthropy.

Prior to Intersections, Rev. Johnson Staples most recently served as interim senior minister of the historic Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. Previously, she was interim minister of education at The Riverside Church in the City of New York. Rev. Johnson Staples also served as Moderator of the New York-New Jersey Regional Association of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC). She is a member of the NACCC national ambassador team, acting as a regional advisor to ministerial search committees and a resource representative for member churches in the NACCC; and Rev. Johnson Staples serves on the national board of directors of the NACCC.  

In 2012, Rev. Johnson Staples completed a Th.M. degree in Religion, Literature and Culture at Harvard University. Her research focused on inter-racial and multicultural liturgical experiences in American religious history. Rev. Johnson Staples received her M.Div. degree with honors and distinction in Biblical Studies/Hebrew Bible from the Union Theological Seminary in 2011. She was ordained as a Congregational minister at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn and holds ecclesiastical standing in the Reformed Association of the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York (ABCUSA).

Prior to ordained ministry, her professional career included work as a journalist in Washington, D.C., and as an executive in finance on Wall Street. Before leaving to enter seminary, Rev. Johnson Staples was a managing director and partner at Warburg Pincus, the global private equity firm based in New York. Earlier in her career, she was the Justice Department correspondent for ABC News and the Supreme Court correspondent for TIME magazine. In addition to reporting on law and politics, she has twice worked as a White House correspondent, for The New York Times and for the Baltimore Sun.  

Rev. Johnson Staples received her B.S. degree in journalism from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Public Information at the University of Kansas, and her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Rev. Johnson Staples lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is married and has one son.

Recent Posts

Jun 05, 2018

I believe God empowers each of us to look at the most complicated problems with Divine simplicity. That is the beauty of the dissent written by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd., et al v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Justice Ginsburg lays it out clearly and simply. In eleven short paragraphs, she makes it plain. Justice Ginsburg also gets it right.

Feb 16, 2018

Only for a moment, was it an unmatched statistic. 

When 49 people were gunned to death in what was for some – the only safe space where they could be themselves; we watched, cried, and prayed in horror. But only for a moment did that stand as the largest mass slaying of Americans targeted by an “active shooter” actively engaged in unleashing a fusillade of bullets into a crowd of people in a confined space. Only for a moment.

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