Rev. Julia Nielsen is an ordained deacon serving in West Ohio Annual Conference as the Executive Director of the Greater HilltopArea Shalom Zone. The Zone is a collaborative collective of residents and faith-based organization operating in partnership with other non-profit entities, educational institutions, and government to revitalize and transform the lives of the residents of the Hilltop through asset-based community development.
Julia simultaneously serves as lead minister of New Horizons, an urban United Methodist congregation in the same neighborhood. She has previously served in the non-profit sector as a community organizer, advocate, and direct-service provider in the areas of comprehensive health care reform and family and sexual violence prevention. Rev. Nielsen believes deeply in God’s power to embrace, equip, and employ all of God’s children for the work of the Kingdom in whatever context they find themselves.