Fred Heard was born on September 9, 1940 in Prineville, Oregon and attended elementary and high school in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He attended University of Oregon in Eugene for two years and graduated from Southern Oregon University, Ashland, from which he received his Bachelor’s degree in education and a Master’s in secondary education. He also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Church Divinity School of Pacific of Berkeley, California and completed Clinical pastoral education at the Oregon State Hospital Forensics Unit in Salem.
His first job was teacher at Klamath Union High School and later was appointed assistant professor at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls. He taught many subjects including literature and social studies, English and journalism until running for State Representative in 1968. Serving four years in the House, Heard was elected to the State Senate in 1972. He was Senate Majority Leader for three consecutive sessions and became President of the Senate in 1981. After eight years in the Senate, Governor Victor Atiyeh appointed him Director of Commerce in his Cabinet. Heard, a Democrat and Governor Atiyeh, a Republican worked together when both headed their party’s leadership positions as Senate Majority Leader and Senate Minority Leader. Politically, Heard was county chair for the Robert Kennedy campaign for President in 1968 and state co-chair for Jimmy Carter for President in 1976 and 1980. Twice he was selected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
Over the years Heard served as a branch manager of the Bernard Haldane Associates and was a member of the Klamath Falls, Menlo Park and Salem Kiwanis Clubs. He is a lifetime member of Kiwanis.
In 2000 Father Fred started seminary—attending classes at the Northwest House of Theological Studies (created by the United Methodist Church) and graduated from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley in 2003.
In 2003, he was called to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park, CA as Associate Rector. He remained in that position until 2008.
In January 2009, Father Fred was called to Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cambria, CA as rector. He remained there until September 2014.
He served for a number of years as a member of the Commission on Ministry in the Diocese of El Camino Real.
Father Fred was assisting priest at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salem during 2014-15.
Father Fred has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the School for Deacons in Berkeley, CA and is the current president of that Board.
In January 2016 Father Fred was called as vicar to Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Dallas, OR.
Currently he is Dean of the Willamette Convocation.
Heard has been married to Adair for 51 years. They have three adult children Frederick (Theresa) a Command Sargent Major in the Texas National Guard and Director of the School of Manufacturing at Houston Community College and twin daughters Robin (Casey) assistant principal at Leslie Middle School, Salem, OR and Heather (Barry) a staff member at Leslie Middle School, Salem, OR. They have six grandsons and one granddaughter.
In February 2015, Fred Heard founded our-times.org—a progressive online journal with writers from all around the world.