Pastor: Rev. David Stout

Our pastor, David Stout, brings over 30 years of pastoral experience to Pilgrim as well as a creative and contemporary approach to Christian faith. He's got a good, if somewhat warped, sense of humor and has all sorts of interests ranging from basketball and football to history and Shakespeare to Star Wars and the Princess Bride. David's sermons are lively, thought provoking, and almost impossible to put into a single theological category. Depending on the week you could hear Pentecostal, Black, Process, Evangelical, Holiness, or classic Liberal theological themes – all connected to knowing and growing in Christ.

His great passion in ministry is to help people who struggle with doubts and difficulties to find a faith that is intellectually satisfying and emotionally fulfilling. He's also pretty big on connecting Christian faith to the big issues of our day. As the Book of James puts it, "Faith without works is dead."

His favorite Bible verse, however is Jeremiah 29.11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Ultimately, David believes the Christian life is about finding hope in God. If you would like to find that kind of hope, our pastor would love to talk to you.

Organist: Perry Heppler

Perry Heppler teaches second grade at Hollywood Elementary School in Lakeshore Public Schools. Perry holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey. He has earned Master's degrees in Early Childhood Education and Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. He has been a teacher for over thirty years, and has taught children from preschool through sixth grade.

Perry plays the organ at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in St. Joseph. He also teaches organ and Suzuki method piano.

Perry and his wife Maria live in Lincoln Township, and are raising three children.

Choir Director: Terry Kretchman

Administrative Assistant: Sandra Ives