"the pastor told him he ought to do penance to clear his conscience"
Swiss Reformed Church at Jenins in the canton of Graubünden
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeSwiss Reformed Church at Jenins in the canton of Graubünden - Credit: Xenos

In Switzerland, a pastor is a minister in the Protestant Church.

Christianity was the main religion in Switzerland during the period in which Heidi was written, and remains so today. Christians in Switzerland may be either Roman Catholic or Protestant.

Until 1920, the Protestant churches as a group were known as the Swiss Reformed Church. Since 1920, they have been known as the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches.

The picture on the left is the Swiss Reformed church at Jenins. It has been suggested that Jenins may be the model for the village of Dörfli.