Rev. Heinsen was recommended by a committee of members that was formed over a year ago when the position became vacant. This call committee, with the help of the Northwest District President in Portland, interviewed potential leaders from across the United States and as far away as Poland. In October, the membership of the congregation unanimously voted to extend a call to Rev. Heinsen.
Rev. Dan Vines of Aberdeen, and Deacon Bill Crowell, a member of the congregation, fulfilled pastoral duties during the vacancy.
Rev. Heinsen has been in the ministry of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod for eighteen years. He served three congregations in Nebraska before moving to Chugiak Alaska, serving a congregation there for the past six years. During his time as pastor to these congregations, he also concurrently served in leadership positions for the Lutheran Church as well as other Christian organizations.
He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music Education (K-12) from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, in 1992. He then attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating with a Masters of Divinity in 1996. He has continued his education through extensive training with the Pastoral Leadership Institute and has received Stephen Ministry Leadership training.
Besides serving as a pastor, Rev. Heinsen has taught Vocal Music as well as Music & Theology at the High School level.
Pastor Steve says that he looks forward to partnering with the people of Mount Olive and its surrounding communities in sharing the love of Jesus.
Pastor Steve is single, and enjoys hiking and biking in the foothills and mountains, nature photography, singing, and spending time with young people (whether in age or at heart) and watching their faith grow, develop, and prosper.