Roberta was born into the home of a Presbyterian preacher. She was baptized as an infant into the Presbyterian Church US and later was confirmed and received her first communion at the age of 12 at the St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Tucker, GA. When it came time to make a decision about college, she chose a school by the name of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. When it came time to make a decision to go on to graduate school, she chose a school by the name of Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, VA. It was there that she met and later married a Union Theological Seminary student. That meant when he became a Presbyterian preacher, she became a Presbyterian preacher's wife. She served as Director of Christian Education in two Presbyterian churches in the Synod of the Sun before returning to Seminary and was ordained by Grace Presbytery to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in 2003. She also happens to be the mother of two of the most beautiful Presbyterian preacher's kids you'd ever want to meet!
Rev. Roberta's Favorites
Scripture: Psalm 139
Hymns: In the Garden and There is a Wideness in God's Mercy
Women in the Bible: Mary and Martha
Books other than the Bible: The Runaway Bunny and any good mystery
Quote from The Book of Confessions: The Heidelberg Catechism
What is your only comfort in life and in death?
That I belong - body and soul, in life and in death - not to myself but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.
Amy received her Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. While at Union, Amy did internships at Brick Presbyterian Church, east side Manhattan and at Riverside Church, pioneering a young adult ministry program for Columbia University, Barnard College and Teacher's College students. This experience catalyzed Amy's interest in campus ministry and in building bridges between the church and academia.
Amy has served as Chaplain at Colorado College and Austin College and as Campus Pastor at University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was the Associate for Campus Ministry at First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor and the Ecumenical Center and International Residence, a ministry to build friendship across creedal and cultural lines.
Amy's ministry focus is discipleship building through Andrew Ministry hospitality, Inquirer's Classes for prospective new members, fellowship and growth through small groups, women's and men's ministry, and the compassion and care shown through hospital visits, prayer and Stephen Ministry. Amy loves to preach and teach, is passionate about the intersection of our inner and outer lives and the stewardship of God's creation. Amy's soul mate, Rob, is in private practice in Clinical Psychology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Lake Forest. The Heinrichs have fraternal twin boys (Ian is at Johns Hopkins, MD and Max is at Davidson College, NC). They are happy not to be "empty nesters" yet, with Emma finishing up at Prairie Crossing Charter School and heading to Carmel Catholic High School. All three children play soccer and are zealous students of the game. They live in a conservation community, Prairie Crossing, which includes an organic farm, horse stables, miles of trails through open wetlands and prairie and a charter school with a focus on environmental education. Hiking the trails with her Irish Terrier, Clancy, through the beauty of God's creation is one of Amy's best sources of prayer, renewal and fitness. In the midst of life's rigors the Heinrichs are intentional about starting the day with Celtic morning prayer and ending the day with a shared meal. Amy loves to cook healthy and creative cuisine. Candles are lit, hands are held in prayer to give God thanks and as they share the happenings of each day it is communion.
Samaritan Counseling Center
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