The Rev. Paul R. Heins became pastor of First Pres
in June 2015. He
brought to us 17 years of experience as a Presbyterian pastor,
most recently in Logan, Utah, and previously in Long Branch, New
Jersey. He received
his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a B.A. in
international affairs from Lewis & Clark College in Portland,
Paul is a native of California.
The son of a Presbyterian pastor, he grew up in
California and Hawaii.
His personal interests include biking, hiking, music (he
plays the guitar), reading (from history to technology), films
Paul and his wife, Carrie, met on
their college swim team.
They have two children – Lydia, who is a graduate student
in London, and Eric, who is attending University of Puget Sound
Rev. Heins believes the Church is
called to be a place of profound engagement with sharing and
seeking marked by love, grace and a desire for justice and
peace. He believes
that “like Jesus, we are called to live a cross-shaped life that
liberates and welcomes, feeds and heals, nurtures and
embraces worship of different kinds and styles.
“I have to believe that a sense of God’s presence depends
less on theology and style and more on an attitude of seeking,
expectation and love.”