Rev. Welles is a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA, where her studies overlapped with both Bill Sinkford and Tom Disrud.
Judy was born into the Unitarian Society of Wellesley Hills, a suburb of Boston. Her childhood in the church was profoundly influential in her decision to enter the ministry, though she didn't start seminary until age 47. Before that she worked as a mid-level administrator for a Planned Parenthood Chapter in southern California, and before that were too many part-time jobs to count! She has served on the Board of Trustees of Starr King School, and the Western Regional Subcommittee on Candidacy, which is part of the credentialing process for ministers. She has grandchildren in Brooklyn, NY.