STAFF & CHURCH COUNCIL

 

Pilgrimage Staff

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Lynne Buell
Administrative Assistant

Meet our Pastor

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Courtney Jones

Pastor

The Rev. Courtney Jones grew up in Arkansas, a United Methodist from birth. After graduating from Hendrix College in 2005, she spent a year at Claremont School of Theology before coming out. Knowing she couldn’t be ordained in the church of her birth, Courtney took a year off before transferring to Boston University School of Theology, where she received her Master of Theological Studies degree in 2008. She stayed in Boston, working in a software development company, and she joined Hancock United Church of Christ in Lexington, MA. It didn’t take long before she realized God was, indeed, still speaking—and still calling her to ordained ministry! So she went back to seminary at Andover Newton Theological School, where she received her Master of Divinity in 2014. Almost immediately after graduation, Courtney was called as Associate Pastor for Children’s Spiritual Formation at Hope Central Church in Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood of Boston. In the five and half years as pastor of Hope Central, Courtney served as associate pastor, Sabbatical Senior Pastor (while the senior pastor was away on sabbatical), and ultimately, her title and role changed to Pastor for Children and Community Life. Ministry is the true calling of her life--she is passionate about living and loving in the way of Jesus, working with people across age, race, nationality, faith (or lack thereof), sexual orientation, and gender expression. Each person is a unique embodiment of the Divine, and together we have the joy and challenge of being the Body of Christ.

 

Courtney lives with her spouse, Auggie, and their three dogs. Outside of church, she finds spiritual grounding in nature, singing with a choir, reading, and experiencing live theater, among other things. She loves exploring new hiking trails with Auggie and the dogs, binge-listening to the latest true crime podcasts, and drinking all the tea she can get her hands on. Courtney feels so blessed that God has called her to be the Pastor at Pilgrimage!

 
Meet Our Music Director
 

Music Director

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To Be Decided

Meet Our Administrative Assistant
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Lynne Buell

Administrative Assistant

Lynne came to Pilgrimage in the summer of 2009, and she joined our church in 2010.   A retiree from GMAC after 30 years, Lynne was hired as our Admin Assistant early 2010.  She was born and raised in Buffalo NY and proudly reveals that she is a survivor of the infamous Blizzard of '77 and is a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan!  Her love and devotion to the Pilgrimage community is reflected in her work and willingness to help in any way she can.  Lynne resides in Marietta with her two kitties, Lucy and Elijah.  When she is not preparing bulletins or other tasks required of an administrative assistant, she loves to cook, relax by watching movies, bing-watching popular TV series, and spending time with her family and friends.    

 

Church Council & Committee Overviews

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Susan

Council President

She leads our church's governing body and provides input and guidance to various committees and project groups.

pilgrimageuccpresident@gmail.com

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Rochelle

Vice President

She assists the president in leading the church's governing body and oversees special task forces and/or projects.

pilgrimageuccvicepresident@gmail.com

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Geoff

Treasurer

Maintains records of financial receipts, payments, and balances.  Disburses funds and advises on the preparation of the annual budget.

pilgrimageucctreasurer@gmail.com

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Rita

Financial Secretary

She receives all deposits, offerings, and other funds.  She also keeps records of contributions and pledges.

pilgrimageuccfinsec@gmail.com

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Carla

Clerk

She keeps minutes of all church meetings and handles most correspondence.  She also maintains a current list of members along with information on births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths.

pilgrimageuccclerk@gmail.com

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Missions

Amy, Chairperson

The Missions committee plans and provides opportunities for the members of Pilgrimage to put their Christian beliefs into action in the community.  This group coordinates local, regional and global projects centered around our spiritual beliefs.

pilgrimageuccmissions@gmail.com

Worship

Diane, Chair

The Worship committee assists the pastor with worship planning and helps schedule readers, ushers, and greeters.  The group also organizes the decoration of the church for holidays and special events.

pilgrimageuccworship@gmail.com

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Christian Education Committee

Janet, Chair

With the pastor's help, this committee organizes and guides the educational ministry of the church for children, teens, and adults.  The primary focus is Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Confirmation instruction.

pilgrimageuccCE@gmail.com

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Deacons

Juliann & Stephen, Co-Chairs

The Deacons serve as liaisons between the congregation and the Pastor, maintaining regular contact and advising of any pastoral needs.  Deacons also assist the Pastor in administering the sacraments.

pilgrimageuccdeacons@gmail.com

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Parish Life

Katie, Chairperson

Parish Life plans social and recreational activities that build our Christian community among Pilgrimage family and friends.

pilgrimageuccparishlife@gmail.com

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Properties

Chris & Clay, Co-Chairs

This group is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the church buildings, property, and equipment.  This committee also advises on the need for repairs and upcoming improvements.

pilgrimageuccproperties@gmail.com

Chris, Chairperson

Properties

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Communications & Evangelism

Angela & Helene, Co-Chairs

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Working with the Pastor and Council, the Communications committee maintains the social media platforms, creates publicity and promotional materials, and manages the website.

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Stewardship

Anne & Duke, Co-Chairs

The Stewardship committee works with the pastor in leading members and friends in support of the church’s activities through their commitment of time, talent, and financial resources. The group also prepares annual budgets and advises in matters concerning stewardship and fund raising.

pilgrimageuccstewardship@gmail.com