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. Paulâs Episcopal Church.
Beaming, she declares, âEverything in my world has changed in the last three months and itâs wonderful.â
In that timeframe, she has become the venerable Wickford churchâs 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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