The Rev. Dr. Julianne Buenting is a native New Yorker who has lived in Chicago for the past eighteen years. Concurrent with a career in nursing, midwifery, and higher education, she followed her lifelong fascination with God and Christian spirituality through study at St. Bernard’s Institute in Rochester, NY. That led to more seeking, more study, and a stint in “nuntraining” before finding her spiritual home and call to ordained presbyteral ministry in the Episcopal Church. She was ordained in 2009 and is an Interim Ministry Specialist. She describes herself as a liturgy nerd, practices and teaches Centering Prayer, and has a passion for preaching and pastoral care. She is: newly wed (in 2016 to Ms. Celena Kalp), besotted with dogs, an ardent fan of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and has a mandolin she hopes to learn to play (someday).