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Highland Park Presbyterian Church

Rev. Helen M Kester


Pastor, Wife, Mother, Sister, Friend

Ministry is not a job, but a way of life.  I have been an ordained pastor for over a decade, but I have been in ministry for as long as I can remember.  My parents taught us to care about ourselves and others.  As one of six siblings, I learned what it meant to share and that all of us were richer because of our large family.  

I was a teacher in the New Kensington-Arnold School District outside of Pittsburgh for thirty years.  There I came to know that the only real hope for many children and their families in found in our churches.  Many families are caught in a web of hopelessness that no amount of government money will ever change.  For people caught in addiction, abuse, neglect and generational poverty, only the love of God and the support of Christian congregations will give them the skills and hope to live. 

For me, ministry is about supporting and nurturing believers so that we can reach out to those who are hungry, lost, homeless, abused, hurting and in pain.