Senior Pastor Rev. Melinda Keenan Wood
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.
Matt is a rising second-year student at Duke University Divinity School. He was raised in between Lexington, Kentucky and Tupelo, Mississippi in the Southern Baptist Church. He has since found a home in the Jewish, liberationist and womanist theologies of Phyllis Trible, Hortense Spillers, and Delores Williams. He is currently serving as the Student Intern to Pilgrim United Church of Christ. Matt’s primary area of research is in the influence of religious ethics on embodiment. He hopes to dedicate his life toward advocacy for LGBTQ migrants and the full inclusion of queer peoples in faith-based communities.
Roman Testroet, Music Director
Roman is a resident of Durham, where he was a graduate student at Duke in Historical Musicology, with interests in Church Music and Hip-Hop. In addition to his position at Pilgrim, Roman directs the Collegium Musicum Early Music Choir at Duke and serves as the Interim Curator of their instrument collection. He is forever grateful to have found such a thoughtful and profoundly welcoming community at Pilgrim UCC.
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.
Marty Powell, Administrative Assistant
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.