Our Ministers

Pastor: Julie Rudd

Julie Rudd comes to Wilmington from the snowbelt of upstate New York. She studied at Houghton College and is a 2009 graduate of the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana, where she earned a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministry.  In addition to her work at Wilmington Friends Meeting, she serves on boards for the Clinton County Adult Day Center and Hope House: A Safe Place For Women And Children. She and her husband, Craig, are passionate about progressive theology, good music, and trying new types of cheese.

Julie can be reached at (937) three eight two-2349, or by email at Julie.Rudd@wfmeeting.org. She keeps office hours in the meetinghouse on

  •     Mondays 9:00AM to 12:00PM, & 1:00PM to 4:00PM
  •     Wednesdays 9:00AM to 12:00PM
  •     Thursdays 9:00AM to 12:00PM


Vocal Choir Director: Phillip Fay

Phil was born near Cleveland, Ohio. He went to Baldwin – Wallace College, then studied choral conducting at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Phil has taught middle and high school music in Massachusetts and Ohio, including at Wilmington High School.  Phil met his wife, Cathy in Boston; they married in 1970. They have two sons: Mike was born in 1972, and Bryan in 1976.

Phil has directed the choir at Wilmington Friends Meeting since 1974. His favorite composer is Johann Sebastian Bach, who lived a full life, had around 20 children, knew about life’s joys and sorrows, and expressed them powerfully in his music. Phil enjoys woodworking, photography, composing, bird watching, kayaking, biking, cooking, and thinks of Wilmington Friends Meeting as part of his extended family.


Organist: Phillip Roberts

Phillip Roberts is a composer, organist, and pianist from Virginia. He is currently working on his doctoral degree in composition at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. For three years, Phillip worked as an organist for the Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren, and has been employed in the summers as an accompanist at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has a passion for Early Americana and a large collection of shape-note hymnals.

Phillip has been interested in Ancient Egypt since the 4th grade, when he learned to write in heiroglyphics.  He loves rivers, and would prefer kayaking down the Potomac to a day at the beach.


Handbell Choir Director: Jennilou Grotevant

Jennilou has been ringing handbells since 1976.  She first discovered them in Missoula, MT where the church she was attending had a handbell choir.  She fell in love with the sound and the group experience of the choir. And she still is in love with the instrument.

When she moved to Wilmington, one of the factors that sent her to Wilmington Friends when she was looking for a church home was the existence of the handbell choir.  Phil Fay directed the group when she joined it.  He retired, and no one else came forward to direct.  Jennilou said that she could count to 4 and she knew how to ring, so she gave it a whirl.

She says, “I love the handbell choir–who we are as a caring, fun group, and how we contribute to worship with the music we prepare. If you think handbell ringing looks like fun and something you would like to try, talk to me, or send an email: jennilou2@hotmail.com.”