Pamela Hansen studied theology in Kiel before teaching religion in schools. She took on her first role as pastor in the USA, returning to Germany in 2011. Before God planted her on a rock in the North Sea, she knew next to nothing about Heligoland. Today, it’s a place of yearning for her.
THE ISLAND PASTOR
“Oh God, this place is so small!” That was Pamela Hansen’s first thought on setting foot on the island for the first time. But having accepted the position as pastor on Heligoland, it was too late to back out. The man upstairs will have had His reasons, she thinks. Pamela Hansen quickly realises that an island community is like a large, dysfunctional but mostly loveable family. In this funny, moving book she describes a wonderfully colourful life surrounded by the North Sea and explains why it’s here, of all places, that she feels closest to heaven.