Reverend Heidi C. Reinker was appointed as the pastor of First United Methodist Church in Trenton, Michigan on July 1, 2016. (We just call her Pastor Heidi or Heidi.) Her focus is on preaching and teaching the word of God, caring for people and helping them grow in their faith in Jesus Christ.
Rev. Reinker is an Elder in the Detroit Conference and served as associate pastor of Orchard United Methodist Church in 1986 and pastor of Seymour Lake United Methodist Church from 1986 to 1989 prior to her departure for New England. In New England she served Old Mystic UMC (Connecticut), Richford UMC (Vermont), and Waterville Union UMC (Vermont) from 1996 to 2016. Rev. Reinker holds a Bachelor of Art in political science with distinction from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education from Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital (Detroit) and a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology. She is trained in Mediation Skills by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Institute, the United Methodist Safe Sanctuary, and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault by the Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc.
Pastor Heidi has been married to her husband Jim for over 33 years, and they live in the parsonage in Trenton. Their adult sons Paul and Michael and his wife Hannah and their two children live in the Detroit area.