The perfect 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.


Deaconess Ruth Ann Shimoi

Hi! I’m Ruth Ann, director of Family Ministry and Care here at Pilgrim. In the 6th grade I told my parents I wanted to be a Deaconess. In June of 1976 I graduated from Valparaiso University and was consecrated in August. My “Call” is to be a servant which I gladly and willingly do.

Many events are planned for members of Pilgrim and I welcome any suggestions.

Kyle Haugen, Musical Director


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.