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

Steve Schumacher

Family + Youth
Shannon Fleischfresser

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
Tara Russ

Parish Assistant
Heidi Mitchell

Youth Education
Sandy Tillotson

Little Pilgrims Preschool Director
Jenee Muench

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.

Tony Schnell, President

Alli Melchert, Treasurer

Rachelle Lessard, Secretary

Jenee Muench, Board Member

Grant Whitley, Board Member

Phil Yates, Board Member