Our Leaders

The work of Pilgrim Lutheran Church relies on the many people that make up this community – staff, lay leaders, volunteers, and the greater community.

Our Staff

Pastor
Steve Schumacher
schumacher@pilgrimpuyallup.org

Family + Youth
Shannon Fleischfresser
shannon@pilgrimpuyallup.org

Shannon, originally from the small town of Peshtigo, WI, went to high school at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, WA before going to Trinity Lutheran College where she received her BA in Children, Youth & Family Studies in 2012.

Shannon has been in full-time, church-based youth and family ministry since graduating college. She has served congregations in Beaver Dam, WI, Chippewa Falls, WI and now feels blessed to be at Pilgrim Lutheran in Puyallup, WA. Her passion in ministry is in uplifting young leaders and serving the community around her through networking and accompaniment.

Shannon also serves the greater church as the co-adult advisor to the synodical high school youth leadership board – the Southwest Washington Synod’s Associated Lutheran Youth in Various Endeavors (ALYVE).

When she is not at church, you can find her visiting with family and friends, taking road trips and traveling, reading, watching Netflix, or going to the gym.

Parish Administrator
Rachelle Lessard
office@pilgrimpuyallup.org

Rachelle and her husband Steve have lived in Puyallup for 19 years, where they raised their daughter Ally, now attending Pacific Lutheran University.

They have been attending Pilgrim for twelve years and Rachelle has been a member of the Pilgrim staff for the last eight, working in the areas of outreach, congregational care and, most recently, in the office as well. One of her favorite things about her job is getting to interact with not only the wonderful people of Pilgrim, but with those in the surrounding community. She treasurers her Pilgrim family and is grateful to be part of such a loving and supportive community.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, volunteering, and spending time with her family and friends.

Parish Assistant
Heidi Mitchell
hmitchell@pilgrimpuyallup.org

Youth Education
Sandy Tillotson
stillotson@pilgrimpuyallup.org

Little Pilgrims Preschool Director
Jenee Muench
littlepilgrims@pilgrimpuyallup.org

Jenee is a longtime member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and joined the staff at Little Pilgrim Preschool in 2017 and becoming Assistant Director in the fall of 2019.

After working many years in the Occupational & Physical Therapy medical field she was excited to come back to her love of working with children.

Jenee and husband Chris have 2 sons, whose activities keep her extremely busy.  When she’s not running them around everywhere, she loves to craft, garden, read and drink coffee.

Our Church Council

Mike Nelson, President

Tony Schnell, President-Elect

Steve Saxe, Treasurer

Alli Melchert, Treasurer

Matt DeBoer, Board Member

Naomi Diseth, Board Member

Susie Melzo, Board Member

Jenee Muench, Board Member

Grant Whitley, Board Member

Randy Wilson, Past President