Rev. Heim celebrates 30th year since ordination

December 20, 2009

The Rev. Edward H. Heim, pastor of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church at 141 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown, recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of his ordination and his 14th year at St. John's.

Pastor Heim was ordained on Dec. 2, 1979, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Jersey City, N.J., after his graduation with a master's of divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, also in 1979.

During his first call at St. Paul's, Heim helped to initiate the Sharing Place, a ministry that provides food and clothing for the community and continues to this day.

In 1984, Heim was called to Advent Lutheran Church in Fort Lee, N.J. He became director of the Lutheran Office on Public Policy with the Maryland-Delaware Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1989, where he helped initiate the founding of Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland.


Heim began his call at St. John's on Nov. 1, 1995. He continued his work with Interfaith Housing and has been active with Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, through the Thrivent Builds Program, and the Washington County Council of Churches, now called the Hagerstown Area Religious Council.

Pastor Heim and his wife, Janet, have three children - Chris, Camille and David. Chris and Camille are students at West Virginia University and David attends Boonsboro High School.

St. John's Lutheran Church is one of the oldest continuing congregations in Hagerstown and will celebrate its 240th anniversary in September 2010.

While continuously providing opportunities for traditional Lutheran worship, the congregation has expanded its ministry by providing twice-weekly contemporary worship to meet the needs of all.

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