By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The Rev. Virginia Heistand, a single mom of three, sits in her sun-drenched, book-filled study in St. Paulâ€™s Episcopal Church.
Beaming, she declares, â€śEverything in my world has changed in the last three months and itâ€™s wonderful.â€ť
In that timeframe, she has become the venerable Wickford churchâ€™s first female full-time minister â€“ although other women have served in interim roles â€“ and, after a career in clergy housing, she has purchased her first home, in rural Hope Valley.
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