Pilgrim Lutheran Church gives people space, respect and safety to connect with each other and with the Creator. We encourage people to do this on their terms, and in their own ways, because we understand that people come from many different life experiences. Christ is our model for this; rather than rigid ways to connect with God, he reached out to all kinds of people, from all kinds of backgrounds and ideals and insisted that all people are inherently good. Christ’s embrace expanded their spirituality, their lives and what they did in the world.
At Pilgrim, we try to emulate this behavior by our words and actions. We have many spiritual leaders in our Pastor and our official authorized lay minsters. All lead our worship, preach, and teach classes; each with their own style. We think you will appreciate Pilgrim’s openness and richness in diversity and discovering expanded ways to move our mission forward.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church welcomed Carolyn Mowchan as our Acting Senior Pastor in August 2021. Pastor Mowchan brings an energy and dedication to fulfilling Pilgrim's mission in the community both locally and globally. She will work in conjunction with our lay ministers to continue pastoral care for our congregation.
Curtis Hanson is Pilgrim’s Office Manager. Curt has been a professional musician, voice teacher, music educator, and choir director for over 40 years. He has music degrees from Bemidji State University and the University of Colorado-Boulder. He has served as a church choir director in Louisville, Colorado and in Duluth prior to beginning his service to Pilgrim Lutheran Church as office manager and choir director.
Lorelei Zimmerman is the new organist/pianist at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. She grew up in Rosendale, WI and attended school at UW-Green Bay where she received a Bachelor of Music, emphasis in piano. She taught general music and piano lessons at Unity Elementary School in Balsam Lake, WI for a year and a half. This past summer she moved to Duluth to be close to her fiancé, Noah Holland. They will be getting married in early November this year. Lorelei plays piano, organ, clarinet, and ukulele. Her summer goal is to learn some more chords on the guitar. Faith is a big part in Lorelei’s life and she is excited to continue sharing the musical gifts God has blessed her with. Lorelei will be attending graduate school at UMD where she will be working towards a Master’s Degree in Music Education.