Our ministry team — leading and helping to equip others in ministry.

Pastor James Rehder

Pastor Rehder has been the Senior Pastor of Pilgrim since July of 2000. He was born in “Rural Tacoma”, and has lived in Washington most of his life. In his “free time” he enjoys yard work, walking, and reading sports-related books. He and his wife Pamela have two children: Mele and Joshua.

His favorite Scripture verses are Proverbs 3: 5-6 because, “Trusting God with all we are and all we have and leaning on God and other brothers and sisters in Christ will bring much peace and security.”

Little known fact: He was Athlete of the Year at Concordia College in 1970.

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Rachel Salchert, Preschool Director

Rachel has been working in early childhood education for the past twelve years - working with children from birth through fifth grade. She joined Pilgrim in June of 2016.

She and her husband Kevin have two young girls.

Peggy Polinder, Church Secretary

Peggy was born in Centralia, Washington, and has been the Church Secretary since 1995.

When she's not in the Church Office she enjoys doing floristry and needlework. She also collects movies (mostly musicals). Since the time she was little she's always wanted to be a female detective.

She has 7 children, 17 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.

Linda Lutz, Bookkeeper

Linda joined Pilgrim in 1999, has been singing on the worship team since 2001, and became Pilgrim Lutheran Church and Preschool’s bookkeeper in 2012.

She and her husband John have two children. Once is a recent college graduate, and one is in college.