Pilgrim United Church of Christ

Pilgrim Staff

Senior Pastor Rev. Melinda Keenan Wood

Rev. Melinda "Lindy" Keenan Wood and her husband, Lanny

Rev. Melinda “Lindy” Keenan Wood
and her husband, Lanny

Rev. Melinda “Lindy” Keenan Wood was called by the Pilgrim UCC congregation on June 25 and began work in September 2017 as our new Senior Pastor.


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Felix Flanders, Director of Christian Education/Formation.

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Ali Carnes, Interim Music Director




Danny Spiegel, Organist

Danny received his Master of Music in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School, previously studying Piano and English Literature at Peabody Conservatory and Johns Hopkins University. He performs classical music as soloist and chamber musician and enjoys improvisation and jazz. Danny is also a lawyer practicing as an appellate public defender in Durham. Apart from these pursuits, he is interested in yoga and meditation, poetry, and world soccer.

Danny is happy to be a part of a church that welcomes people from all walks of life and strives for social justice.


MartyMarty Powell, Administrative Assistant

Marty joined the Pilgrim staff in 2007 following his retirement from a career in carpentry.  He brings to the demands of a lively church office his strong work ethic, proficiency in software skills, problem-solving abilities and strong desire to be of service to other people.
You can email Marty Powell at the Pilgrim office at puccdurham@gmail.com

BettyM2014Rev. Betty Morton, PCC Coach


Betty Morton is a Professional Certified Coach credentialed through the International Coach Federation. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ and based in Durham, NC. Betty has dedicated her life to human wellbeing and to promoting relational and organizational excellence — first as a lawyer and business executive, and now as a professional coach and minister. Betty is also a certified DiSC administrator and social and emotional intelligence coach. Her focus on living powerfully from our spiritual core, combined with enhancing practical leadership skills, helps clients both stay centered and live and work well with others. She coaches executives, church leaders and individuals – one-on-one and in groups. Betty serves Pilgrim and the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ (fee-based) as a leadership coach, spiritual director and retreat leader. You can find out more about Betty by visiting: risecoachingllc.com.

Member in Discernment: Marselline Musiko
 is our Member-in-Discernment; she is seeking ordination/commissioning in the UCC.