Pastor -- Rev. Heidi Hester
Rev. Heidi Hester has been a life-long Lutheran. Beginning with her baptism on Palm Sunday at St. John Lutheran Church in Helena, Montana, she and her parents have been members of numerous Lutheran congregations throughout Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and Washington and she participated in the usual activities; choir, youth group, church council, confirmation and Sunday School.
She attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington receiving her bachelor degree in Communication/Public Relations. After graduation she served for seven years in Washington as Minister of Youth and Family Ministries at Silverdale Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church. Moving to Southern California she found herself working as an Executive Assistant for one of eight attorneys at CBS, Inc. in the network’s legal department.
She followed her vocational call and began attending Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley in 1999. While attending PLTS, she did her teaching parish at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in San Mateo and her internship at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kailua, Hawaii. Pastor Heidi was ordained on May 25, 2003 at St. Andrews Lutheran in San Mateo. Her first call was as pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Whittier for seven years.
She joined the Office of the Bishop, Pacifica Synod in February, 2009 as Assistant to the Bishop where she worked with 120 congregations and ministry sites in the areas of Mobility (working with congregations in transition), Candidacy (assisting those who are seeking to join the roster of the ELCA), Worship, Theological Education, Pastoral Care, Campus Ministry and Outdoor Ministry.
Pastor Heidi accepted the call to serve Trinity Lutheran Church on August 4, 2015. As was evident last week during Rally Day celebrations, God is making all things new. Pastor Heidi is excited to partner in God’s work with the good people of Trinity Lutheran. And God saw that it was good!