Meet Our Staff

Pastor Bill Hering

Who I am: I have been a life-long believer in Christ and have enjoyed the blessings God has given as a child of God, a servant of Christ, and now as a Pastor serving with God’s people. I enjoy the blessings of my family; my wife Leslie, and our two sons.
I have been a Pastor since 1991 after completing my BS from Oregon State University in Agriculture, and my MDiv is from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne Indiana. I have served Christ Lutheran Church in Norfolk Nebraska, and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sherwood Oregon. I have been the Senior Pastor of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and school since 2006.
What I do: As the Senior Pastor of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and school, I work with an amazing group of people, both staff and volunteers, as together we reach out with the message and love of Jesus Christ and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18). My duties include preaching, teaching, worship, administration, caring for people, coordinating ministries, leading some of the chapels of our amazing school, working with staff, visiting shut-ins and the sick, helping those who come for help, counsel, prayer, or a listening ear. I help with the general care of God’s people here at Pilgrim. I am responsible for helping to cast the vision for the church and seeking God’s direction for Pilgrim so that we connect with our community, witness for Christ, and grow as a congregation at work in God’s kingdom.
What I love about Pilgrim: Pilgrim is a caring family of faithful believers committed to Christ, to caring for each other, and for Christian education. A major part of our outreach is through the ministry of our Christian day school, Child Care, and youth ministries. We delight in missions and have developed relationships with other ministries within our community and the Kispiox community, in B.C., Canada. For 16 years we have been sending teams to do ministry there with the children, teens, and parents of Kispiox. Through our school and our small group ministries, mission and outreach is ever before us. The Pilgrim family is inviting, welcoming, and dedicated to Christ and His Word. We are truly blessed to serve in this congregation.
Bible Verse to Remember: Some may wonder how we got the name Pilgrim Lutheran Church. In God’s Word we see God’s people refer to themselves as Pilgrims (1 Chron. 29:15, and Heb. 11:13) and as a people whose heart is set on Pilgrimage (Ps. 84:5; Ps. 119:54).
Hebrews 11:13-14 (NKJV)
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.
We are all on a journey from the beginning of life until the day the Lord takes us home. As Christians we know that death is not the end, but that the Lord has prepared for us a home in heaven with Him (John 14:1-6). It is for that reason that Jesus came. Though we are to be good stewards of God’s creation, we live as new creatures in Christ Jesus and look forward to enjoying everlasting life with God in Heaven. Knowing Christ transforms our lives, our priorities, and how we see our world, and our ultimate destination. We live in the light of Christ and the calling we have to be His people and serve in His Kingdom.
Hobbies: I grew up on a dairy farm in Hillsboro, so I have a grown up with a love for plants, gardening, animals, and the outdoors. I like playing volleyball, the trumpet, and some guitar. I enjoy singing and spending time with my family.