Julie has been a life-long Lutheran and a member of Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church since 2017. She and her husband, John (also a member since 2017), have lived full-time in Sun City Grand since October 2016. Julie has served SOG as a member of the choir, a Café Grace server, and a WELCA member. Currently, Julie is serving as the vice-president of SOG’s Women of Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELCA) groups. Education is Julie’s passion, reflected in her years of teaching pre-school through college-level students. She holds an MED degree. She retired from Ankeny, Iowa, as a seventh-grade life-science teacher before moving to Arizona. The Townsends have three daughters and six grandchildren. Their daughters live in River Forest, IL; Overland Park, KS; and New Market, England. Julie enjoys travel, golf, mahjong, reading, and spending time with family and friends.