Heather is a deeply thoughtful pastor, and preacher. She brings a passionate energy that breathes new life into centuries old stories and church practices, demonstrating the gifts of gathering and connecting people, vision, strategic leadership and embodying God’s unconditional love.
Growing up in Oregon, she was active in the Episcopal Church as a teen camp counselor, Sunday school teacher and Bible Study leader. Through church ministry and the tugging of the Holy Spirit, she discerned a call to the priesthood. She attended Gonzaga University and began her first career in Special Education, teaching in public schools. After marriage, she and her husband, Mike, volunteered with the Peace Corps in Honduras. While in Honduras, Heather volunteered with the Episcopal Church and was inspired to attend seminary.
After the Peace Corps, she worked as the Director of Youth Ministries at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland and attended seminary at Yale Divinity School. After seminary, she was called to serve as Associate Rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Salem, Oregon. Three years later, she was invited to be the Associate Rector to the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Baptist in Portland, as well as school chaplain to the Oregon Episcopal School. Heather is a mother of 2 young enthusiastic girls. Nothing makes her more happy than those moments that they too love church.