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.