Dr. Julie Parton currently serves as Executive Director of Texas Life Connections and teaches in the Psychology Department at Dallas Baptist University. She also provides pregnancy center training on behalf of the North American Mission Board and also the Save the Mother, Save the Child program of Evantell.
Dr. Parton joined Focus on the Family as Director of the Pregnancy Resource Ministry in 1998. From then through 2005, she also served as Editor-in-Chief of Focus on the Family’s HeartLink newsletter, a bi-monthly publication to approximately 2,500 pregnancy resource centers around the world.
Prior to her position with Focus on the Family, Parton lived in Dallas, Texas, where she served as Executive Director of the Prestonwood Pregnancy Center. In 1990, Parton helped organize and start this center while also assisting other groups in starting their own centers. She was the Director of Education and Wellness at the Minirth-Meier Clinic in Richardson, Texas before working with the Prestonwood Pregnancy Center. Julie Parton spent 15 years with Dallas’ Bible Study Fellowship as a discussion leader and later a teaching leader.
She has a passion for the sake of the unborn because of the foundational premise that life is sacred. “Abortion is the beginning of a slippery slope,” says she. “If life is not valuable in the womb, then why is it valuable outside the womb?” She also feels that pregnancy centers have an exciting and unique opportunity to reach one heart at a time, speaking truth into the lives of seeking young women at a crisis point in their lives. “There is no other ministry that is so exciting and at the same time so challenging as working in a pregnancy resource center,” Julie Parton recounts.
Julie Parton earned her Ph.D. in Christian counseling from Andrew Jackson University in Birmingham, Ala., and a Master’s in counseling from the University of North Texas.
Julie Parton and her husband, Paul, have been married for 44 years and have three grown daughters, Betsy, Paula and Cindy, and seven grandchildren. Julie Parton and Paul make their home in Garland, TX.