The Reverend Eileen Heden came to St John Episcopal Church at the beginning of February 2017 from the Diocese of Western Kansas, where she served both Lutheran and Episcopal Churches from August of 2004 until her retirement January 1st, 2008. She then had the opportunity to return to her previous vocation as a school psychologist and served the Wichita School District until she retired in August of 2012. Following that, she served as a supply priest to both Episcopal and Lutheran Churches.
Reverend Heden, who enjoys being called “Rev. Eileen,” was first called to become a priest while living in Salem, Oregon, and attending St. Paul Episcopal Church. After a period of discernment and becoming a Postulant of the Diocese of Oregon, she attended Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley, California, graduating with a Master of Divinity in Theology in May of 2001. She was ordained as Deacon on June 30, 2001, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church by Bishop Ladehoff. Her first call was to St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Novato, California, where she served as Associate Rector. She was ordained to the priesthood there on January 20, 2002.
Rev. Eileen has a daughter, Karen Kerschen, who resides with her husband Tom in Cunningham, Kansas. Tom is also an Episcopal priest. Two grandchildren, Zachary and Hali, also live in Kansas.
Rev. Eileen is also an artist who particularly enjoys oil painting. Most recently she has focused on portraits, but she enjoys a variety of subjects. Other hobbies include sewing, knitting, and weaving.