About Us

At Pilgrim Church, we believe our life of faith is like a circle. We meet together to worship God, to study the Scriptures and to discuss our faith. Then we put our faith in action by serving others.
We do this as a congregation through the ministries we offer to the neighborhood, such as our monthly soup distribution and Family Fun Days. We do this by assisting local agencies like Inter-Faith Ministries and Positive Directions, and by participating in mission and justice work with other congregations in the United Church of Christ. We do this in our daily lives at work and with family and friends. Then, finally, we come back together to be energized and renewed through worship, study and Christian community.

Our vision statement:  Partnering to build a vibrant spiritual community, embracing all with Christ’s compassion.

The vision is three fold:


Our vision is to create partnerships with congregations and the community because we believe that we can be stronger together.  We see partnering as a new way to do ministry that will bring new life and energy to our congregation, leading us into the future with dignity and strength.  We believe that partnering together with another congregation in a shared pastoral ministry and joining together with others in our community will enable us to engage in mission and ministries of compassion, justice and hope in ways we cannot do alone. 


As a congregation that values thought provoking worship that nurtures progressive theology and practices; we envision building upon this value to create an even more vibrant spiritual community.  Vibrant describes a desire for a shift in the energy and passion of the congregation—an excitement about being a part of this community which comes to us as we are empowered by the Holy Spirit.  Such a community is an active place that is engaged in participating in a variety of spiritual practices that deepens our Christian faith.  Creating a strong diverse music program as well as adding new elements to our worship are important to our building a more vibrant joyful spiritual community.


We are a diverse faith community that welcomes and involves others regardless of where they are on life’s journey.  Our vision is to go beyond a welcoming community of faith to become a faith community that embraces all.  Embracing all requires us to identify with others who may not be like ourselves and to learn what it means to walk in another’s shoes, seeking to understand, respect and transcend difference.  Embracing all with Christ’s compassion requires us to work for justice, to build bridges and to offer hope in the name of the compassionate Christ. We envision an open door that allows us to go out into the world sharing this compassion and invites others to come in to be embraced in Christian love. As we develop ways of embracing all, our vision of becoming an even more diverse community of faith will begin to come to fruition.

Our Team

Pastor Phil Hodson

Pastor Phil just joined Pilgrim on Sept. 10, 2017. He is serving both Pilgrim and Fairmont UCC Churches. Phil is a husband, and a father. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Sales Management and from Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology with a Master of Divinity degree. Born and raised in Indiana, he has had the opportunity to also live in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. He enjoys golf and reading. Learn more about Phil here.

Joe Perkins

Joe is serving as our Church Moderator, he is a life long member of Pilgrim and was instrumental in starting our soup bank ministry and continues to make that outreach his passion.

Karen Latas

Karen is our awesome pastorial assistant. She has served for five years in this role. Karen has been connected to Pilgrim all her life. She organizes the family fun days, teaches Sunday School and keeps everything running smoothly in the Church office. 

Dalton Williams

Relatively new to Pilgrim, Dalton has reenergized the choir in his short time of serving as our choir director.  Dalton recently graduated from Wichita State University with his Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting. 

Chi Zhang

Chi is an accomplished pianist and wonderful addition to Sunday service. She is completing the doctorial program in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. See her awards and accomplishments here.  

New Here?

Service Times


9:15 AM - 10:15 AM


Drop in and see us:

Tue-Fri 9:00AM-2:00PM

6000 E. Harry Street

Wichita, KS 67218


We are a diverse Christian faith community welcoming and involving everyone no matter their views or lifestyle. We engage in ministries

of hope, care and compassion.

We offer thought provoking worship that nurtures progressive theology and practice.

Contact Us

(316) 685-4451

6000 E. Harry Street

Wichita, KS 67218