The Rev. Fred W. Heard. Vicar
The Rev. Fred W. Heard was born in Prineville, OR September 9, 1940.He attended elementary and high school in Klamath Falls, OR. He started college at the University of Oregon and received a BS degree (Education) and an MS degree (Secondary Education) from Southern Oregon College (Now Southern Oregon University), Ashland, Oregon. Additionally, he received a Master of Divinity degree from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA. He completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at the Oregon State Hospital Forensics Unit. Also, he served as interim minister at the Congregational Church in Klamath Falls in 1963.
Before being called to serve as St. Thomas’ Vicar in January 2016, he was Assisting Priest at St. Paul’s, Salem from September 2014 to December 2015. From January 2009 until September 2014, he served as Rector at St. Paul’s in Cambria CA. Fr. Fred was the Associate Rector at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park, CA. from July 2003 until July 2008.
His first career was as a teacher at Klamath Union High School (the school where he graduated). Eventually, he became an Assistant Professor at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls where he taught for 13 years. He is experienced at all education levels ranging in enrollment from 60 to 2000+ students and has filled positions as teacher, department chair, budget manager, assistant professor, vice principal and principal. He has taught English, literature, social studies, speech, sociology, economics and journalism in junior high, high school and college.
In 1968, Fr. Fred ran for the State Legislature; and for the next 14 years, he fulfilled elected positions including State Representative and State Senator. He held the post of Senate Majority Leader for three sessions and Senate President for one session. He resigned his Senate seat to accept the cabinet appointment of Director of Commerce for Governor Victor Atiyeh. As Director of the 450-employee department, he supervised nine divisions and 24 licensing boards. Fr. Fred gained business experience as co-owner of Best Hands, Inc. (General Contractor), Salem, OR and Branch Manager of Bernard Haldane Associates (Career Managers), Salem, OR.
Over the years, Fr. Fred has been an active member of the Kiwanis Club and has served as a Board Member in both the Menlo Park and Salem Kiwanis Clubs. He also served as President in Salem and a delegate to the international convention. He was a Board Member of the San Mateo Women’s Recovery Association and has been active in United Way and Cancer campaigns. Needless to say, he has been active in many political campaigns other than his own in Oregon.
Except for his time at Trinity, Menlo Park, Fr. Fred has always been a member of St. Paul’s---St. Paul’s, Klamath Falls; St. Paul’s, Salem (Vestry member & Jr. Warden); and St. Paul’s, Cambria! Currently, Fr. Fred serves on the Board for the Compass Ministries on the Western Oregon University campus, is Dean of the Willamette Convocation and member of the Fresh Start Group of the Diocese of Oregon and is President of the Board of Trustees for the School for Deacons in Berkeley.
In his spare time, Fr. Fred loves to garden outside and has seriously started growing orchids inside. He also keeps his eye on the political scene with his faithful cat, Apple.
Fr. Fred has been married to Adair since 1966. Their son, Frederick and his wife, Theresa, have two sons, Christopher and Matthew. The Heards also have twin daughters Robin and Heather. Robin and Casey have two sons, Jackson and Harrison and a daughter, Edith Adair. Heather and Barry also have two sons, Carter and Sawyer. Their Japanese exchange son, Hiro and his wife, Beth, have two daughters, Emily and Elena.
Cherie Renae Atiyeh, Music Director
Cherie is an artist who is passionate about her craft. Her calling is to reveal Spirit - in people, in relationships, in the natural world - through her chosen mediums of photography and the written word. She's been a freelance writer for decades, and her photography studio just celebrated its tenth anniversary.
She grew up as part of Portland's closely-knit Syrian community. She attended both Reed College and Willamette University, graduating in 1993 with a double-major in Mathematics and English (a combo which apparently made sense only to her). She subsequently earned an MFA in Writing from Pacific University.