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REV. DR. MARK McANLIS - Pastor
I accepted Christ at age eighteen while attending Rockmont College in Denver, Colorado, a Christian/Liberal Arts school (now Colorado Christian University). While attending Rockmont my gifts of spiritual leadership, public speaking and commitment to ministry became evident. It was clear early on that our gracious Lord had called me into His service. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, I attained my Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from International Graduate School of Theology in Honolulu, Hawaii. I entered full time ministry in 1976 in the small town of Avalon on Catalina Island, California.
In 1978, due to the wisdom and guidance of older believers in the fellowship, I returned to the mainland to pursue a doctoral degree at Fuller Seminary with an emphasis on Church Renewal. While in the doctoral program, I ministered as senior pastor in Malta, Montana and Denver, Colorado. Following my doctoral degree, I accepted a full-time position at Rockmont College as Dean of Student Affairs.
The passion of my life and the focus of my ministry is the local church. To bring concrete, visible definition to the Body of Christ, to learn of its mystery and wonder and to engage in its life – that’s what fires me up. Christ is alive and well; His stamp is imprinted in local churches around the globe.
I have been married to Janet since 1974 and we have three children, Mark, Malia and Madeline. We also have six grandchildren.
RICHARD CAYER - Organist/Choir Director
Dick began playing the piano at the age of 5 and began lessons at age 7. By the time Dick finished Junior High School, he had memorized the entire Methodist hymnal. His love of music led him into a variety of musical opportunities throughout his youth. He played for the Green Bay Recreation Department for kids' dance lessons at age 14. At 16, he became the organist at Zion Lutheran Church and was also Choir Director for Suamico Methodist Church.
When he was 18, he became the organist for Pilgrim Congregational and was the first organist in the new church building. He remembers the symbolic “burning of the mortgage” just after the first year of the construction of the beautiful building designed in the style of Massachusetts architecture. At that time, choir practice was held at the home of Cliff Wall, Sr. Dick was very proud to be a part of the church and its rich history. When it was time for him to leave for college in Madison, the church presented him with a check to cover his first semester’s tuition.
In 2002, Pastor Gary Pierce approached Dick about returning as organist of Pilgrim Congregational and he accepted. Although he has been the pianist/organist in many places throughout his lifetime, Pilgrim Congregational is his favorite!