pastor john

 ...of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God's grace which was given to me according to the working of His power. 

~ephesians 3:7

peace and blessings to you

from rev. john hiestand

 My wife Vivian and I are so delighted to have returned to the Northwest to continue our work in ministry. Vivian is the new pastor at Washougal United Methodist Church. The picture of the two of us was taken while vacationing at Glendalough, Ireland, last spring. Let me tell a little bit about myself.  First of all, since it is asked frequently, my last name is pronounced “Hee-stand.” I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have two brothers, both of whom now live in Washington State, and a sister who lives in California. At an early age I became interested in music, playing the trumpet in the school band and later teaching myself to play guitar. I eventually went to college as a music major, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music, then later a Master of Arts in Music from the University of California, San Diego. Although I grew up in a nonChristian family, as a musician I was able to find employment as a soloist and choir director in churches, and that was how God was able to work on me over the years.  I met Vivian in the early 1980s (in a musical theater production, of course) and we married in 1985. Our first son Jonathan was born in 1986, and our second son Jeffrey in 1988. We realized that having careers in music and raising a family at the same time was not very practical, so I became a software engineer with music as a sideline. In 1989 we moved out of the Bay Area to Snohomish, WA. It was there, while working as Music Director at a Presbyterian church, that I was finally baptized. After leaving that position, Vivian and I joined a Methodist church and never looked back.  In pursuit of my career in software we moved about a bit: five years in Snohomish, four years in Colorado Springs, and then nine years in Forest Grove OR. While in Oregon I perceived a call to move beyond the music stand and in to the pulpit, encouraged by Rev. Gwen Drake at Hillsboro United Methodist Church. Vivian had been pursuing this as well as a Spiritual Director, and in 2008 we moved back to Colorado to attend the Iliff School of Theology, where we received our Master of Divinity degrees in 2011. We have served churches as United Methodist pastors throughout the state of Colorado. Recently, because of a difficult family situation, Vivian and I decided to move back to the Northwest. Thanks to the help of Bishop Elaine Stanovsky (who had previously been our Bishop in Colorado) and District Superintendent David Nieda, we were able to receive excellent appointments near Portland where our son Jeffrey and our grandson Elliott now live. We feel truly blessed!   We have with us our two dogs (a 10 lb. Bichon Frise named Bam-Bam and a 75 lb. British Cream Retriever named Pippin), many great memories of friends and places in Colorado, and a sense of gratitude that God has answered our prayers so that we may start this new chapter in our lives. I look forward to meeting you soon, and to the great work we will do together for the glory of God. 


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