Heidi M Helsel


Phone (814) 467-9811

Mailing Address
810 Pleasant Hill Rd
Friedens, PA 15441

Calvary U M Church
Senior Pastor

Central City U M Church
Senior Pastor

Shanksville U M Church
Senior Pastor


Rev. Heidi M. Helsel, was appointed pastor of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Windber, PA, by the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference effective July 1, 2017.  Recently (July 1, 2019), Calvary became part of a three-church charge yoking the Central City and Shanksville United Methodist churches together under her leadership.
 Rev. Helsel received her Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2012.  Additionally, her educational qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from St. Vincent College, an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Westmoreland County Community College and ongoing continuing education credits with emphasis in church revitalization.
A life-long United Methodist, Pastor Heidi was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2014.  She eagerly shares the Good News of Jesus Christ through her gifts for ministry including creativity in worship, a love for outreach to the community, a deep commitment to servant leadership, and above all, a passionate faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. 
Pastor Heidi is part of a clergy couple; her husband Rick serves the Somerset: Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. With 25 years of pastoral ministry experience, Pastor Rick assists this new charge with preaching and shares his expertise and passion for serving and revitalizing rural/small town churches. Pastors Heidi and Rick are blessed with their two beautiful, talented teenage daughters, Sarah and Christina. Their household also includes three cats and a German Shepherd dog.
Apart from ministry, Pastor Heidi’s passions include family time, gardening and photography.
Favorite Quotes of Founder of Methodism, John Wesley:
"I want the whole Christ for my Savior, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship and the whole world for my mission field."
"Give me 100 men (people) who hate nothing but sin and love God with all their hearts and I will shake the world for Christ!"

Commissioned - 2011
Ordained – 2014
Previous Appointments:
2010 – 2012 Saltsburg, Apollo & Vandergrift (Associate Pastor)
2012– 2014 Central/Riverview (Beaver Falls)
2014– 2017 Mostoller/Otterbein /Hopewell (2016-2017)/ Hooversville
2017 – 2019 – Calvary: Windber
July 2019- Present Calvary: Windber/Central City, Shanksville