Pastor Heidi Eickstadt
Pastor for Discipleship
I am excited to serve at Abiding Presence as the Pastor for Discipleship. I felt God was calling me to be a pastor since the age of 10 but I wrestled with my call and with my faith for a long time. Looking back, I see God at work during that time, accompanying and guiding me through conversations, relationships and life experiences to a new understanding of God, my faith and myself. I am so grateful that God never stopped wanting to be in relationship with me and kept meeting me wherever I was in my journey. And I rejoice that my journey has brought me to Abiding Presence to serve as your vicar from 2015-2017 and now as one of your pastors!
I am originally from Iowa and am the oldest of four. I received my B.A. in Political Science from Luther College in 2003. I met my husband Ike at a wedding while he was in the Air Force and stationed in Dover, Delaware. We were married in October 2004. After his enlistment was up, Ike and I moved to Virginia in 2007 and I graduated from George Mason University with my M.A. in Political Science in 2010. I graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in May 2017, where I earned a Master of Divinity degree. Ike is a federal contractor and is also studying for his B.A. in Communications at George Mason University. We enjoy sharing time together and with our dog and three cats.
I am grateful for the chance to serve God through our ministry here at Abiding Presence. We are all called to be Jesus' disciples who live out God's love as a community of faith and in our daily lives out in the world. We are freed and forgiven in Christ, to love and serve God and each other. I am excited and passionate about equipping our congregation to be God's hands and feet in the world, participating in God's ways of love and relationship in our actions and being. I can't wait to see how the Spirit will continue moving in our work together. I welcome you to contact me with ideas, concerns, questions or thoughts! Go Go Holy Spirit!