Judy Springer began her higher education at the University of Dayton in the field of Elementary Education. Her schooling was put on hold while she raised her children and worked as the secretary of the Dayton Area Campus Ministry Board and then as the security officer for an aerospace company. When she returned to school she chose Wright State University, where she made her mark as a student, eventually graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies and certification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Immediately upon graduation from Wright State, she and her husband left for the People’s Republic of China where they taught English at Huaiyin Teachers’ College in Jiangsu Province through the Amity Foundation and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Upon returning to the United States, the Springers moved to the mountains, and later to the piedmont of North Carolina.
Judy has pursued her interest in multiculturalism and ecumenism in a number of ways. She was one of 12 women from the U.S. and Canada selected to participate in a cultural exchange program in Zimbabwe and Kenya. She took part in a study trip to Palestine/Israel as well as in the Bold Women of the Reformation tour of Germany. Judy has served on numerous committees, including serving as National Secretary of Church Women United (CWU) and as the Coordinator of the Continuing Fellowship Task Force and member of the Personnel Committee; as the NC Secretary of CWU; and as President and newsletter editor of CWU in Henderson County NC. She received the CWU Valiant Woman award in 2003.