Julie Hager Love was born and grew up in Berea. She attended Kentucky Wesleyan College before transferring to Berea College, where she graduated with a degree in religion. There she met her husband George, and they have been married for 34 years. They have two adult children, Cameron and Eliza.
After graduating from Berea College and getting married, Julie and George attended Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Julie worked as the Minister for Children and Families at St. Paul UMC. After seminary, the Loves moved to St. Charles, Missouri where Julie again served as children's minister at First UMC of St. Charles. Next, they moved back to Kentucky, this time to Prestonburg. There, Julie worked part time in several ministries including: Life skills teaching through the Big Sandy Area Development District, teaching at Big Sandy Community College, and district ministry consultant with the Prestonburg District of the UMC.
Prior to coming to the Methodist Children's Homes, Julie served for 15 years as the Director of Connectional Ministries for the Kentucky Conference of the UMC. There Julie oversaw the various ministries of the conference, including camps, campus ministries, age level ministries,communications, missions, and much more. She was appointed to be KyUMH's next President/CEO in July of 2019.