Rev. Dr. Thomas Heren
Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Heren was born in Pekin, IL on July 27, 1963, and grew up in the country south of Pekin. He attended Green Valley High School and graduated in 1981. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Illinois Central College and graduated in 1983 with an Associate Degree in Electronics Technology. After graduating, he joined the United States Air Force as an electronic/cryptographic technician and served at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington DC, Hellenikon Air Base in Athens, Greece and Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, MS.
After serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, Pastor Heren worked at Caterpillar Inc. in the electronics lab at the Tech Center in Mossville, IL. After three years at Caterpillar, he went back to school full-time at Concordia University in River Forest, IL and finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Education with the Director of Christian Education certification in 1998. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree, he served as Director of Christian Education and Youth at Zion Lutheran Church in Marengo, IL.
In 2001, Pastor Heren enrolled at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO and earned his Master of Divinity Degree in 2005. His first call into the ministry was to Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansing, IL. After serving at Trinity for two years, he accepted a call to serve as pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Washington, IL. He was installed as Pastor at Our Savior Lutheran on July 15, 2007. While continuing to serve as pastor at Our Savior Lutheran, Pastor Heren began work on a doctorate degree at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in January of 2013 and graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree in May of 2019.
Pastor Heren and his wife, Trudy, have been married for 31 years. They have three children, Kaitlyn who she lives with her husband, Andrew Sell and their three children. Their youngest daughter, Kassandra, is currently in the Physician Assistant program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Their son, Daniel, is serving in the United States Army and is currently stationed in the Washington D.C. area where he lives with his wife Jamie and their daughter.
Vicar Alex Goodwin
Vicar Alex Goodwin was born in Valparaiso, IN on December 17, 1995, preventing his mother from attending his father's college graduation. He has grown up in various places around the country as his father attended seminary and served as a pastor. He was accompanied on these journeys by his older sisters, and was joined by six younger siblings along the way. He then moved away from his loving parents in Rochester, NY, to attended Concordia University Nebraska. He graduated from CUNE in 2018 with a B.S. in Physics and has since been attending Concordia Seminary St. Louis.
Alex met his wife, Esther, at Concordia Nebraska at the end of their freshman year. They started dating the following February and were married July 6, 2018. They are enjoying the arrival of their first child, Malachi.
Abigail (Abby) Wiemer
Director of Christian Education (DCE)
Abigail (Abby) Wiemer grew up in many different states. Her father is an LCMS principal for over 35 years. He and his wife Cathy moved around with their six children to many different places. Abby attended Concordia University Chicago (River Forest/Concordia’s Teacher College). Entering into the Director of Christian Education program in 2009. She finished her degree in 2014.
When she graduated, she served as a DCE at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Palatine, IL. She served there on her internship and took her first Call. After less then a year God Called Abby and her husband to Springfield, IL. Abby was a director/teacher of a preschool for three years at Good Shepherd in Rochester, IL. She was a teacher’s aide and an afterschool program associate for 1st-8th graders for three years. She was a Sunday School teacher for five years, sang in the choir, and played bells. For the past year she worked as the 6th grade religion teacher and Crossroads Coordinator for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and School. In her spare time, she brought four of her favorite things together…Jesus, coffee, ice cream, and people. She did all of this at a local coffee/ice cream shop in Chatham, IL where she lived.
John and Abby have been married since 2014. They met in college Abby’s first year and have been together ever since. John is an actuary at Pekin Insurance and is in the process of studying for his actuarial exams. John and Abby love to eat ice cream together, take walks, and love to eat! They are excited to be at Our Savior and be a part of the awesome ministry He is doing!
Keri is a classically trained pianist, guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and choral director. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Moody Bible Institute, and has a Master's Degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Non-Profit Leadership.
Personally, Keri , her husband, Casey, and daughter, Annelyse reside in Chillicothe.
Keri’s favorite music genre is worship. Her favorite artists are Misty Edwards, Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe and Hillsong. One of her favorite songs right now is "The Great I Am." A portion of the lyrics and music just resonates within her. The lyrics state: "The mountains shake before You! The Demons run and flee, at the name King of Majesty! There is no power in hell, or any who can stand, before the power and the presence of the great I AM." The imagery in this lyric is so powerful and reminds Keri of the authority she has in Christ Jesus over the powers of darkness and anything that comes against the Kingdom of God.
One of Keri’s favorite Scriptures is Isaiah 55:8-9: " 'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,' declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts." This verse serves as a constant reminder that God alone is sovereign.