Church staff

Office Hours

Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ office is open from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Rev. Peggy McClanahan: Senior Pastor

Peggy McClanahan 2012Reverend Peggy McClanahan came to Pilgrim Faith in 1994 after serving congregations in Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma. She brought along a vibrant personality, an outstanding preaching style, a husband and two sons. She has a common-sense approach to everything from church administration to outreach in the community to the Sunday service, and her deep spirituality and understanding has raised our eyes and goals.

Pastor Peggy has a passion for making sure everyone is welcome and included. Pilgrim Faith embraces participants and members of diverse ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, abilities and personal situations. The congregation works eagerly with other churches and with persons of other religions to serve the needs in the community.

Pastor Peggy embraces the United Church of Christ commitment to being a “thinking church” by  encouraging members to find the connection between scripture and everyday life without parking their brains at the door. Questions and ideas are always welcome. Combined with a deep love for God and care and concern for each other as well as strangers, the pastor and members of Pilgrim Faith strive to worship God, welcome all and work together to serve others.

Come meet Pastor Peggy McClanahan. She will welcome you!

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Ellen Pearson has been our Organist and Music Director since 1995 and she continues to amaze us with her many skills and great ability to inspire us musically. Ellen directs several vocal ensembles and the youth bell choir in addition to providing versatile organ, piano and keyboard solos and accompaniment.

Keith Stevenson leads our senior high youth group. They gather several times a month for activities and events and also go on a mission trip each summer. Keith is always up for high adventure, service to others and thoughtful reflection with the senior highs.

Bob Cook and Chris Cook lead our middle school youth group, known as SPLAT, which meets a couple times a month on Friday evenings. From games of “sardines” and lock-ins to service projects and thoughtful reflection, Bob and Chris keep it lively and engaging.

Debbie Petkus meets a couple times a month after church with our elementary school age children for a lively mix of games and learning activities as they practice caring and sharing among themselves and with others.

Chris Zachwiej manages the church office, schedules events, prepares bulletins and publications and a thousand and one other things to enhance the ministry of Pilgrim Faith Church. She is eager to help you from 9:00-2:00 on Monday through Friday.

Curt Keeps our building ready for Pilgrim Faith’s many ministries with cleaning, set up and countless little repairs to keep everything going.