Rebecca Heilman is in her third and final year at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. She was born and raised in Valdese, NC, and was baptized like her father, her grandmother, and her great grandfather at Waldensian Presbyterian Church, where she grew up around a strong and valued Waldensian heritage and culture. She graduated from Presbyterian College in 2014 studying International Studies and Christian Education. Rebecca, then, deferred her first year of seminary to serve as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) in Zambia, Africa. Throughout her year in Zambia, she lived with a host family, taught 5th and 6th graders, and tried her best to live into the Zambian culture. As for Rebecca’s passions, she enjoys reading, walking, hiking, movies, fellowship with friends and family, any sort of art or craft project, and throwing clay on a wheel to relieve stress and to attempt to shape something beautiful!
We are excited to have her with us this year, serving and learning alongside us! She will take part in worship leadership, church school programs and youth activities, and observe Presbyterian polity at work in Session and sessional committees.