Staff

Fred Heggestad, Lead Pastor

Raised in Madison, Wisconsin Pastor Fred Heggestad served in the United States Army after high school graduation. Upon leaving the service he joined the Arizona State Police and served with distinction. His faith journey led him to listen and obey as he was called to preach the word of God. Upon retiring from the State Police, he took up the call full time and became a pastor with the United Methodist Church. Pastor Fred obtained degrees in Aviation and Emergency Management before becoming a pastor in March, 2013.  Since then, Pastor Fred has taken theological classes at Southern Methodist University in Texas and St. Paul Theological Seminary in Kansas.  He is a Bible based preacher with a delightful, and self-deprecating sense of humor.  Pastor Fred’s first appointment as a Local Pastor was in Coolidge, Arizona and First Henderson UMC welcomed him on July 1, 2016.

Pastor Fred strongly believes the church needs to reach out and make Christ known in the world. He believes we are the instruments of God’s will and a person filled with the love of Christ cannot fail to act.

Beth Runkle, Church Secretary

Beth is a long-time member of the First Henderson family. Besides serving as the Church secretary, she is actively involved in a variety of church programs and activities. She serves on both the Communication and Education committees and is actively involved in activities such as the Pumpkin Patch and Vacation Bible School. She is a kind, dedicated and loving servant of the Lord and the Church.

Vickie Massie, Music Coordinator

As the Church Music Coordinator, Vickie manages the music requirements for the Church with the various musical groups of the church. She is the church organist, pianist, and keyboardist. One of Vickie’s passions is the annual Mary Powell Recital/Talent Show, which she has organized and directed for many years, successfully drawing out the talent of the congregation and friends. Her extensive knowledge of music adds immeasurably to the success of the many music groups and choirs of this congregation.

Pete Chengman, Church Custodian

The church custodian is responsible to the maintaining the church buildings, including the sanctuary, church offices, and classrooms. Pete is also instrumental in setting up for events, weddings, meetings, and much more. In addition, Pete is an active member of the Church, serving with the United Methodist Men’s group, as an usher and leading Bible studies.