Pastor Julie Burkhart Fessenden received the Holy Ghost and was baptized at the age of 9. From a very young age, she desired to be a teacher. After graduating from high school in 1987 she moved to Hannibal, Mo to attend college. It was there she met Bishop Wilson Fessenden and they were married in 1988.
She graduated from Hannibal-LaGrange College with degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education in 1991 and began teaching full-time in 1993. Pastor Fessenden was active in teaching Sunday school and in the music department of her church.
Later after the birth of sons Timothy in 1992 and Andrew in 1995, Pastor Fessenden began pursuing her Master's Degree. She graduated with a degree in Educational Technology from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2003. Matthew joined the family in 2006 and In 2011 Pastor Fessenden received her Specialist's Degree in Educational Administration from William Woods University.
In 2010 Bishop and Pastor Fessenden accepted the call to pastor in Hastings, Nebraska, where Pastor Fessenden has served in all areas of ministry with her husband. In 2019 Pastor Fessenden received her ministerial license and was elected pastor of New Life United Pentecostal Church. Pastor Fessenden serves as Music Director and is active in the teaching ministry of the church. One of her greatest joys is mentoring others in their relationship with Jesus.