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Obituary for Tom Julien

Jan 17, 2023

Tom Julien, retired Charis Fellowship pastor and global worker with Encompass World Partners, died on January 16, 2023. Tom and his wife, Doris, were instrumental in starting the ministry of the Château de Saint Albain in France where they were involved in evangelism, training, and church planting. Visitation is planned for Friday, January 20, from 2:00–4:00 p.m. and 5:00–7:00 p.m. in Warsaw, Ind., and a celebration of life service will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church. See Tom’s full obituary below.

Tom (Thomas T.) Julien of Grace Village Retirement Community in Winona Lake, Ind., went home to be with his Lord on Monday, January 16, 2023, at the age of 91.

Tom was born June 27, 1931, in Arcanum, Ohio.  He was the sixth of Russell and Clara Julien’s seven children.  Raised in a Christian home, he received Christ as his Savior at an early age, and during his teenage years dedicated his life to the Lord for missionary service.  It was at Bob Jones University that he met Doris Briner, whose spiritual experience was identical.  They were married August 21, 1953, and the year following moved to Winona Lake, Ind., where Tom studied at Grace Theological Seminary (MDiv 1957; DD 1996).  During their years in Winona Lake, they started the Grace Brethren Church in Fort Wayne.

In October 1958 the Juliens left for France, serving under Grace Brethren Foreign Missions (now Encompass World Partners).  After language study in Geneva, Switzerland, and initial attempts in evangelism in Grenoble, France, they acquired the Château, a 14th century property in Burgundy, which became a center for encounter and discussion. During the next twenty years, they were involved in the ministry of evangelism, teaching, and church-planting. During this time, the Europe team grew to over 50 missionaries in four countries.

In 1986 the Juliens were asked to return to Winona Lake where Tom became the executive director of the mission.  He served for a year as its Moderator. Upon Tom’s retirement in 2000, the Juliens moved to Paris, France, for three years, where they were in a ministry with university students.  Since moving back to Winona Lake, Tom became involved in the development of leadership training both for the mission and the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, where he served on the pastoral staff.

Tom’s wife Doris went to be with the Lord in 2009.  Tom is survived by three children, Becky (David) Schwan (Willard, Ohio), Terry Julien (Winona Lake, Ind.), and Jacqueline (Jeff) Schram (Winona Lake, Ind.); five grandchildren, David (Emily Hobert) Schwan (Ellensburg, Wash.), Rachel (Steve) Williams (Houston, Texas), Philip Schwan (Willard, Ohio), Jonathan Schram, engaged to Heather Cummings (Charlotte, N.C.) and Joelle (Brandon) Haun (Columbus, Ohio).  He is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Gray, Van, Wren, and Warren.  He loved his family well and was deeply loved by them.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers and four sisters.

Friends and family may visit on Friday, January 20, 2023, from 2:00–4:00 p.m. and 5:00–7:00 p.m. at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road in Warsaw, Ind.  Tom’s life will be celebrated with a service at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 1200 Kings Highway in Winona Lake, Ind., officiated by Pastor Kip Cone and Terry White.  Burial will follow with a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw, Ind.  Tom’s service will be livestreamed on Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church’s Facebook page at on Saturday.   

Encompass World Partners has created the Tom Julien Memorial Fund to honor Tom’s life of ministry. Gifts given to this fund will be used to bless Encompass ministries that Tom was most passionate about. This includes evangelism in France, leadership development in Central Africa, and partnering with the global Charis Alliance.  To give by credit card or bank ACH, go to

To give by check, make it payable to “Encompass World Partners”, write “Tom Julien Memorial Fund” on the Memo line, and mail to:  Encompass World Partners, P.O. Box 64528, Colorado Springs, CO 80962-4528.

See Tom’s full original obituary here.

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