Rev. John Hiestand was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received a B.A. in music from California State University, Hayward, in 1977, and an M.A. in music from the University of California, San Diego, in 1980. While performing “H.M.S. Pinafore” he met a beautiful redhead named Vivian, and a few years later married her during another production of “H.M.S. Pinafore.” They both worked as church musicians for many years while raising their two sons, Jonathan and Jeffrey. In 2008 they pulled up stakes and moved to Colorado, and both received M.Div. degrees from the Iliff School of Theology in 2011.
Pastor John has served as pastor in Bailey, Fleming, Hotchkiss and Crawford, and became pastor at UMC Johnstown on July 1, 2015. Vivian is currently serving as an intentional interim pastor at First UMC, Fort Collins.
Pastor John is the author of a book, Falling Through the Ice: The Path of a Zen Methodist (available on Amazon). He and Vivian live in Johnstown with their two dogs, Bam-Bam (a 10 lb. Bichon) and Pippin (a 60 lb. Crème Retriever). In his “spare” time Pastor John enjoys playing the mandolin and guitar, riding his motorcycle and relaxing at his cabin near Bailey. Pastor John has been blessed to experience the joy, faith, and commitment of this congregation and community.