Heather with daughter, Hana

Rev. Heather James is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and has been serving as Westminster's pastor since May, 2008.

She is deeply committed to encouraging people as they answer God’s call to worship and serve together. She is passionate in her belief that Christ has established the church for a significant purpose in the world—that the world would know the love of God through the love expressed by His people in worship, fellowship, service, and mission.

Heather has served in full time pastoral ministry for more than 25 years, and remembers God’s call to church leadership as early as her young teen years when she led a bible study for second graders. This call took root and has grown through God’s faithfulness and leading in many different seasons of life—a music degree at Grinnell College, pastoral training from Fuller Theological Seminary, serving in different congregations with a variety of roles, and spending time overseas as a missionary in Asia. One of Heather’s deep joys in ministry is leading God’s people in worship through Biblical reflection, prayer, and music. She speaks with the ability to balance the message of God’s love for us with our call to share that love with others.

Heather also has training in children’s, youth, and adult ministries. She has worked as a consultant, meeting with churches to help them evaluate and implement safe and effective Christian education programs. She has specific training in working with children who are dealing with loss and grief.

Heather currently lives in Tacoma, WA with her daughter, Hana. She enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, and walking the dog in the parks near her home. She also loves quilting, good coffee shops, and is an avid reader.