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Julie Woodley holds an M.A. in counseling and a certificate in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary. She is a Licensed Pastor through International Ministry Fellowship.  She is also currently finishing her MA in Theology and her Chaplain Training. Julie is a certified trauma counselor and was ordained in 2000. Julie was the division chair of the American Association of Christian Counseling “Abortion, Sexual Trauma and Mental Health.”   Julie is certified in “Sexual Abuse Healing” by the National Center for Crisis Management and American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

Julie has had a very successful private practice for the past 26 years as a trauma/pastoral/mental health counselor. She also helps those who need healing after bank robberies, suicides, and other traumatic loss and traumas. Her delight is to run towards people that have been placed in traumatic situations.

As a survivor of numerous traumatic circumstances herself, Julie’s story has been featured on various radio and television programs including:  Of Faith and Family, Focus on the Family, Unshackled by Pacific Garden Missions, Moody Radio, The 700 Club (CBN), Christian Television Network (CTN), Life Today, Family Talk (Dr. James Dobson) and many more.  On Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, Julie’s interview about Shattered & Restored was voted the “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk Best of 2016 Broadcast Series”.

Julie has produced In the Wildflowers, a 10-part DVD series with accompanying written curriculum that is a tremendous resource for study groups of people who have experienced the pain of childhood sexual abuse.  She also produced Into My Arms, a 10-part DVD series with accompanying written curriculum, for those women and men who have suffered the pain of abortion to lead them through the journey of forgiveness.

Julie has authored and co-authored numerous books including A Wildflower Grows in Brooklyn, which is Julie Woodley’s story of healing and restoration, and a brand new 31-day devotional called Broken and Beautiful.  You’ll find those and others on Restoring the Heart Ministries’ website.

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Julie’s awards:

  • Women’s Hall of Fame, NY State (2009) from Congressmen, Legislators etc.
  • America’s Most Outstanding Woman-1989 & 2009 (Bethel Seminary)
  • Who’s Who (Bethel Seminary) in 1989
  • Women of Distinction (Sept. 2015)
  • Women of Promise (Aug. 2015)
  • The Restored Heart Award (2016)​


“I love Julie Woodley’s heart, and her desire to see hearts restored in the love of God. I think she brings a compassion, understanding, and experience to these issues that women really need.”

John Eldredge, Author and Founder/President of Ransomed Heart Ministries

“Julie Woodley’s story is filled with more pain than I can imagine, but at the same time it breathes redemption like few stories I’ve encountered her story explains how God uses all his people to bring us into the depths of Christ’s love. Read it. I believe it will help you, as it did me, to understand true healing at a whole new level.”

John H. Armstrong, Author of Your Church Is Too Small

“Julie Woodley is an exemplary person of integrity who consistently demonstrates mature fruit of the Holy Spirit and faithful Christian character in all she is and in all she does. Julie possesses one of the most phenomenal testimonies of Christian redemption one will ever hear about and strives to continuously live out that transformational miracle in her relationships both personally and professionally.

As we all know, we can’t have a testimony without first going through some tests. Most impressively, she has passed some of the most difficult and painful tests life has to offer with proverbial flying colors. Consequently, Julie has been determined to glorify God in both her personal and professional life. Her ministry to hurting people has been one which I have watched with admiration and support.

Several years ago, I had Julie come and train my 20-person clinical staff at Focus on the Family. Her work was outstanding and my entire team was impressed with Julie both Christianly and clinically. Her heart of compassion for the hurting, insight for their painful dynamics and hope for their hearts to be healed is most impressive, refreshing and therapeutic.

Furthermore, Julie is simply the best net-worker I have ever seen. Her ability to connect people, ministries and organizations with one another with deftness and diplomacy is absolutely amazing. I am fully confident she will excel in whatever clinical, administrative and/or promotional opportunities you challenge her with due to her many capable gifts and talents. She will serve with distinction, humility and grace.”

Jared Pingleton, PSY.D., Vice President of Professional Development, AACC

“Many leaders tell us how we should grow, change, and become more Christ like. Very few show us how to do it by the example of their own lives. Julie Woodley does that and more in A Wildflower Grows in Brooklyn. It is honest, grace-filled, and exemplary of how God heals and changes us. You will be touched by his grace when you read this vulnerable account of how Jesus brought wholeness to a damaged life.”

Alfred H. Ells, Executive Director, Leaders That Last Ministries

“Julie Woodley has been consumed, refined, saved and delivered by Love.  Her passion for Jesus is inspiring and contagious.  She has been forgiven much, as all Christians have, and she loves much, as we all should.  Her book will inspire you to do so and receive His love.”

Allan E. Parker, Attorney at Law and President of The Justice Foundation

“‘Deep cries out to deep’ as the psalmist says.  Julie Woodley knows that cry and has responded whole heartedly.  She speaks from that deep soul-place where Jesus has met her and she has experienced his healing presence. These devotions will help you enter into that same place where Jesus can bring hope and healing to your heart, soul, and mind. Enter in slowly, meditatively, and prayerfully and you will experience how ‘deep cries out to deep.’”

Christopher West, Founder/President, The Cor Project
Senior Lecturer, Theology of the Body Institute
Author of Fill These Hearts: God, Sex, & the Universal Longing

“Julie’s story is a powerful testimony to the healing and redeeming work of God. Rather than being bound by shame and guilt, she shares her journey with honesty and courage.”

Dr. Tim Clinton, President, AACC

“With candor unprecedented in a spiritual memoir Julie Woodley offers an account of grace so haunting in the lyric of its truth that it takes the breath away. Anyone interested in the mystery of the Christian God who heals the wounds of his beloved will find Woodley’s painful, beautiful prose indispensable reading.”

Charles Zeiders, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist and author of The Clinical Christ

“As a psychiatrist, I have helped many hundreds of women AND men to recover from the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse. I have seen the pain, the feelings of powerlessness, the fear of intimacy issues, the loss of control issues, and the many symptoms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress. I have also been thrilled to see the love and joy in their lives after they work through the abuse adequately. That is why I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of “In The Wildflowers”, an accurate, compassionate, and healing national MOVEMENT, not just a series. I highly recommend this curriculum primarily for victims of sexual abuse, but also for the therapists, family members and other loved ones who want to be better equipped to become a part of the healing process of these daughters and sons of God.”

Paul Meier,M.D., Author of more than 80 books
Founder of the national chain of non-profit, Meier Clinics, www.paulmeiermd.com

“These highly personal devotional writings of Julie Woodley come from a quietly bubbling, potent and beautiful fountain – one fed by three streams deep within her heart and mind. One stream consists of her terribly painful memories of childhood abuse: verbal, physical, sexual, and emotional. These ugly memories no longer torment Julie, but they cannot be easily erased. A second stream flows from her intimate life in God. Because she has come to know, by long experience, the remarkable love and healing power of her Lord and Savior, she enjoys a closeness with God that overpowers her and fills her daily with childlike trust and joy. A third stream that continually feeds the life-giving fountain that is Julie Woodley is an unquenchable compassion for hurting people. Because Julie has come from a place of extremely deep hurt that once led her to the very brink of suicide, she engages in a relentless, Christ-focused pursuit of healing and restoration for those shattered and nearly destroyed by the crushing blows of life. She is for sure a wounded healer of many – one who relies totally on her heavenly Father for daily grace and direction. I definitely recommend these readings – intended to be read meditatively – from this strong and transparent woman of God whom I have been privileged to know and support in ministry for over a quarter century.”

Dr. Robert V. Rakestraw, Professor of Theology Emeritus Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Author, Editor and Founder/Director of Grace Quest Ministries


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