Staff at

The Church of the Pilgrimage

 

Pastor:

The Reverend Dr. Helen Nablo

Our pastor, Reverend Helen Nablo began her ministry at The Church of the Pilgrimage in August of 2012, becoming the 31st pastor of our historic church, and the first female pastor of our congregation.

A history major in college, Helen studied world religions at Harvard Divinity School after being a high school teacher for a brief period of time.  She later attended Vanderbilt Divinity School to earn her Masters of Divinity, and received a Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching from McCormick Seminary in Chicago.

Prior to coming to Church of the Pilgrimage, Helen served churches in Sharon, Marshfield Hills, and Boston as well as churches in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA. Much of her ministry has been intentional interim work --working with churches going through transition, rethinking their mission and identity.

Helen’s passions in ministry include preaching and celebrating the presence of children and youth, specifically creating worship services that make space for the gifts of all ages.   She enjoys exploring theology and ethics in scripture, as well as in film, novels, and poetry.    She hopes to be a pastor who listens and who “works well with others” -- and to serve a church that welcomes and honors all people.


An interview with Rev. Dr. Nablo can be found here

 

Director of Christian Education:

Jenny Healy

Though she didn’t grow up in a church, Jenny Healy has always had a self proclaimed “thing for Jesus” that found a home and a place to grow at the Church of the Pilgrimage in 1998. She has always also had a passion for working with children from early babysitting experiences to child care and teaching at New England Home for Little Wanderers to running the crib room and co-chairing the then Christian Education Committee. Even with a degree in a self designed major from Clark University and a Masters of Education from Wheelock College, she loves being at home with her two kids (now both teenagers) and baking bread for the Plymouth Farmers Market as well as various church events. Now her thing for Jesus and her formal education find a happy marriage in this newly created position of Director of Christian Education.


Music Director:

Kelley DePasqua

Kelley DePasqua, Director of Music, earned both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Music Education from The Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in West Hartford CT.   Ms. DePasqua is a very long-time member of The Church of the Pilgrimage Choir.  She began singing in the choir in 1989 when she was a sophomore in high school!  After college, Ms. DePasqua returned to sing and served as the soprano section leader for 10 years until she was appointed Director of Music in January of 2008. 
Ms. DePasqua is the Department Chairperson of Fine and Practical Arts at Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston, MA.  She has taught at Silver Lake for 17 years, where she directs 5 choirs and the award winning musical theater program. In 2003 Ms. DePasqua was awarded the Artist Teacher Diploma through Dr. Doreen Rao's Choral Music Experience (CME). Ms. DePasqua is active in local music educator organizations, recently serving the Southeast District Mass. Music Educators Assoc. as the Vocal Adjudication Chairperson; she is a past president of Southeast Mass. School Bandmasters Assoc.  Ms. DePasqua has conducted the Jr. District Treble Chorus for both Eastern and Southeast Districts and well as the Senior SEMSBA and Tri-County Festival Choruses.
Ms. DePasqua, a life-long resident of Plymouth, lives with her partner Jennifer and their two children, McKenna and Griffin.

 

Kelley DePasqua

Organist:

Michael Eaton

Michael Eaton has served as a church musician for nearly thirty years. In addition to several churches in Massachusetts, he has served as organist in New Hampshire and North Carolina. He has given recitals in Nantucket, Boston and New York State as well as serving as organist for the Greensboro Hornets, a minor league baseball team in North Carolina.
Michael is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He has studied with John Skelton, Kathryn Eskey, Yuko Hayashi and William Porter. Mr. Eaton has for twenty-two years worked at the Andover Organ Company designing, building, and maintaining pipe organs throughout the eastern United States.
Michael lives in Weymouth, Massachusetts with his wife Katherine and their children Mary and William.

 

Michael Eaton

Cherub Choir Director:

Lois E. Post

Lois graduated from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA with a fine arts degree in Elementary Education. While there, she minored in biology and music, taking organ lessons from Ray Ocock. Lois moved to Plymouth with her husband and 2 daughters in 1973 and joined the Church of the Pilgrimage later that year with her husband, Doug. Their 2 girls grew up in the church. Lois taught in the Plymouth School System until she retired at the end of 2004. She took piano/organ lessons for many years from Chandler Gregg. She sings in the choir, directs the Cherub Choir, and is the substitute organist.

 

Lois Post

Office Manager:

Shellie Souza

Shellie

Sexton:

Brian Gildea

Brian