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 – our Pastor Will Mowchan and our official educated and recognized 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 Rev. Will Mowchan as our Pastor in April 2011. Pastor Mowchan brings an energy and dedication to fulfilling Pilgrim's mission in the community both locally and globally. He has led Pilgrim youth and adults on mission trips to North Carolina, Tanzania (multiple times in conjunction with our missionaries), Puerto Rico (twice), New York, Utah, Georgia, and Minneapolis.
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.
Samuel Gray is Pilgrim’s full-time organist. He completed his Bachelors of Music Education Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and served as a student conductor, section leader, and as President of the UW-Superior ACDA student chapter. Samuel was a finalist in the Minnesota NATS fall 2014 competition, served as a section leader for the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and as an intern with the Lake Superior Youth Chorus.