Meet our staff.

Dr. Matt Scinto | Acting Music Director

Dr. Matthew Scinto currently serves as the Pilgrim Church Bell Choir director. Founder and Conductor of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra and the Music Director for the Civic Orchestra of New Haven (CT), he has twice studied conducting at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center.

Rev. Dr. Helen Nablo 
Interim Minister

A native New Englander, Pastor Helen has spent most of her ministry serving as an interim minister in Massachusetts and beyond – including Charlottesville, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and several other locations in Massachusetts.

A student of world religion and former Christian educator, while at Pilgrim she is excited about discovering, together with the church’s many devoted congregants, in what direction God may be nudging them.  What questions need to be asked?  What are the challenges and changes that would lead to a rich and productive journey together?

Pastor Helen currently resides in Plymouth with her husband, Mike, a retired UCC minister.

Val Petersen | Office Administrator & Website

Val Petersen comes to us after having retired from a 25-year career at Yale University, most recently serving as the Management School's Director of Board & Donor Relations and as the Environment School's Director of Communications and Special Assistant to the Dean. She holds a BA in English and Psychology.

Deb Larsson | CE & After School

As Director of both Christian Education and our After School Drop-in Center, Debbie brings to us her 40 years of experience as a special education teacher at Accept Education Collaborative. Her passion for “her kids” is obvious as she manages to create a never-ending set of activities and programs while adapting to new guidelines and online learning. She recently received certification in Children's Ministry as Leading Spiritual Education through South Western College.

Becky Sullivan | Online Ministry & After School

Becky’s 25 years in the newspaper business have nicely translated into
leading Pilgrim into the 21st century with online media programs. Becky also assists Deb Larsson in the after-school program and along with Deb has developed an online
“Sunday School” program, where she reads Bible stories.

Marcia Witherell | Bookkeeper

A perfect fit for Pilgrim, Marcia is a computer programmer who loves working with numbers.  As a department head at Kripalu in Lenox, for 12 years she was responsible for balancing the books and accounts receivable.  When she moved to the Cape she became the Treasurer/Bookkeeper for First Church in Harwich and was also employed at the Yarmouth Town Hall working in the Clerks & Collectors offices.  Thinking she had finally retired in 2019, she was asked if she would be interested in coming to Pilgrim. The rest is history.
In addition to serving the Church, Marcia raises golden retrievers and was recently the proud “grandparent” of seven sisters! 

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