Heine served as pastor of the congregation and school from 1989 until 1995. Under his leadership and with his wife Melinda’s help, the congregation established a classical Christian and Lutheran school during his tenure that has become a well-known institution within the Pagosa Springs community.
Pastor Heine served congregations in Pagosa Springs; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Sheridan, Wyo.; as instructor of religion at St. Paul Lutheran High School, Concordia, Mo.; and was serving as headmaster of Memorial Lutheran Church and School, Houston, Texas, prior to his death.
He is survived by his wife, Melinda, and four children (all of whom have or are serving in the U.S. armed forces). While his loss is mourned by all who knew him, there is joy in knowing that he has been received by his heavenly Father into heaven’s perfection.