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Julie Shematz
Beauty from Ashes Ministries

Julie Taylor Shematz is an enthusiastic social justice missionary, who loves to encourage others with truth. Passionate about intimacy with God and inspiring others to fulfill their destinies, Julie has a powerful testimony of beauty from ashes. Growing up fatherless, she has overcome sexual & domestic abuse, offense, rejection, abandonment, depression, addictions and being a victim of human trafficking.  Her greatest pain has emerged as her most profound personal mission in life. 

In 2005, she founded Beauty from Ashes Ministries, Inc. a 501(c)(3), not for profit, faith-based public charity dedicated to reaching & assisting women, men and children involved and/or associated with the sex industry, commercialized sexual exploitation as well as trafficking and adult entertainment. She also serves as the organization's CEO. She is recognized nationally for her survivor-centered work with victims and outreach strategies that include going into adult entertainment establishments, porn expos and street outreaches.

Mrs. Shematz, currently enrolled at Florida Gulf Coast University and pursuing a Master's of Arts Counseling - Mental Health Counseling, is a licensed minister as well as a professional artist and educator that holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from Herron School of Art/Indiana University.  While studying as a Dean’s List student at Purdue University, she was a triple major and ran on the women’s track team.  Julie still holds records set over 20 years ago. Additionally, Julie coached varsity track and swimming for 6 years in Lafayette, IN.  Working as a licensed hair, nail and makeup specialist for 9 years, her experience and work with all ages, socioeconomic classes and various professions is extensive.  A native of Indiana, she relocated to Fort Myers, Florida 8 years ago, where she met and married her husband Steve, 7 years ago.  They have no natural children but have adopted several spiritual children and have a dachshund named Jehu.