Remembering Julia Wilke, co-author of Disciple Bible Study

March 3rd, 2016
Julia Wilke

Hearts were deeply saddened on Friday, February 26, 2016, when the word came that Julia Wilke had departed this earth, as a result of complications during surgery.

Julia, wife of Bishop Richard Wilke, left an incredible legacy for her contribution to the development of the Disciple Bible Study program.

It was in March 1986, at Flower Mound Texas, that the United Methodist Publishing House brought together a group of persons from across the church to shape the vision of what is now offered as Disciple Bible Study. At that meeting, Bishop Wilke and Julia were asked to write the commentary for this new long-term pastor/laity-directed Bible study for developing Christian disciples.

Julia loved the Scripture and was a student of the Bible but not a biblical scholar. She made her indelible contribution to Disciple Bible Study by reading the text after it had been written by her husband, and determining if the words and phrases would resonate with lay readers. Her contribution allowed for the commentary on the most complicated of biblical subjects to be clear and understandable for everyone. She succeeded beyond measure in this role. Thirty years later, laity of all denominations and around the world continue to reap the benefits of her work.

Julia lived faithfully by the tenets of Christianity. She was a devoted wife, incredible mother and treasured friend. She will be greatly missed by family, friends and colleagues.

Funeral Services will be held in Winfield, Kansas, on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

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