Pastor Jon Heiliger
Parish Pastor Jon Heiliger graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He started his career as a Sales Engineer in Santa Clara, California (Silicon Valley). A few years later he and his wife Renee moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where she worked for Apple Computer and he as a commercial real estate broker with his brothers. In 1995, God called him to leave the commercial real estate business to become a pastor. In 1996 the family, now including their twin daughters Elise and Lauren, moved to Columbia, SC, where he attended the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and graduated in May 2000. He served as pastor of Lord of Life Lutheran in Bluffton, SC for 16 years before being called to serve as Parish Pastor of University Lutheran in 2016. An avid runner and gardener/landscaper (but not weeder!), you may see Pastor Jon running the pathways and sidewalks in and around Clemson, their home.
Pastor Josh Kestner
Josh was a student at Clemson University from 2008–2012, and during those years he spent a lot of time at University Lutheran Church with the Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) group. LCM is a community that continues to offer students a place to be themselves and to figure out who God is calling them to be. After graduating Josh spent a year living in Palestine through the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program, attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, and served as a pastor for two years in Davenport, IA. Now he and his wife K.D. Gerwig (along with a dog and two cats) are excited to be back in Clemson. K.D. is a nurse, who also graduated from Clemson. They love spending time outdoors and eating at different local restaurants.
Abigail Donhuaser (Abi) began working at University Lutheran Church on February 1, 2019. Abi is a northern transplant who relocated with her family to Clemson from Lee, New Hampshire in the fall of 2016. Before heading south, she worked for 14 years as Parish Administrator at St. George's Episcopal Church in Durham, NH, also a college town. Abi holds a degree in Social Work, as well as Business Administration. Abi handles the secretarial duties and assists with the financial accounting duties for the church. Her hours are Monday–Thursday 9AM–12PM and 1–4:30PM; Friday 9AM–1PM.