Karen and I grew up as dating teens at First Wesleyan when my father was pastor, graduated from Bridgeton High School in 1970-71, were married at FWC and became involved in youth ministry. In 1977 we answered a call to prepare for pastoral service and moved to Allentown, PA to attend United Wesleyan College.
Forty years later we have now served as pastoral couple at FWC for 10 years Easter 2020. We have the joy of raising our grandson, Kevin Jr. following a catastrophic accident on Christmas 2013 which left him a paraplegic. He graduated from Cumberland Regional High School in 2018 and is attending his second year at Rowan College of South Jersey. Kevin will be following the fourth generation of a call to full time pastoral ministry.
Our Heckman family has grown from 3 adult children,
10 grandchildren, and 6 great-grand children.
In 2017 we added to our family a now 4 year old black Labrador retriever. Jenner is a highly trained service dog who responds to 65 verbal commands and has been welcomed in our home and church with love and affection.
Following the recent death (Feb 2017) of my father, Rev. Earl Heckman, former pastor of FWC (1965-1988), mom, had joined us in the parsonage. Grace was a powerful prayer partner and faithfully encouraged us. She went to be with the Lord this past year on Sunday, June 30th, 2019. She is dearly missed and loved!
Debra, (also the daughter of Rev. Earl & Grace Heckman) grew up at FWC and has served as the Administrative Assistant for the past 12 years. In addition to managing the office, receiving calls and guests she is also the director of children’s ministries .