Madison Shockley
Minister
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The Rev. Madison T. Shockley II is the pastor of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, CA. He brings to Pilgrim Church a wealth of experience from his work in the religious, political, non-profit, and media environments. Madison was called to Pilgrim Church in 2004.

Along with performing his pastoral duties with Pilgrim, Madison serves on the board of directors of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of San Diego and Imperial Counties and the board of directors of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. He also writes commentary for various online and print outlets. To read some of Madison’s articles, click here.

He holds the Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and has done advanced graduate work at Claremont Graduate University in New Testament Studies. He is married to Gayle P. Shockley née Welch, and they are the parents of four adult children.

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Anna Runion
Minister for youth and social justice
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Anna began working with Pilgrim in 2010 and is passionate about justice and advocacy work. A graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University, she completed her B.A. in Managerial and Organizational Communication in 2008 and is now pursuing an M.A. in Religion. She has served at Missiongathering Christian Church as the Director of Street Angels Ministries, a homeless youth street outreach, and worked at the San Diego LGBT Community Center as a Case Manager at Sunburst Youth Housing Project. She is currently a Member in Discernment toward Commissioned Ministry within the UCC Southern Association. She also serves on the Justice Overcoming Boundaries Executive Committee.
Nikki Haskell
Church Administrator
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Nikki Haskell joined Pilgrim’s staff in May of 2016, during a great time of need for our church and has been a great addition! She has been in love with Pilgrim and its members since the first day she walked into its Sanctuary with her wife, Te. Nikki cherishes being a part of a community that stands for those who cannot stand for themselves and she is proud to serve a church that is passionate about social justice and is always willing to give anyone a seat at the table.

Jen Goins
Director, Pilgrim Children’s Center
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Hello! My name is Jen, and I am so excited to be the new Director at Pilgrim. My son has attended preschool and Kindergarten here, and as he moves on to 1st Grade, I’m happy to keep my connection with this wonderful community! I was an Assistant Director and Director for two high quality preschools in Colorado before moving to California about three years ago.

For the last few years, I have been working with children and families through a First 5 grant-funded program providing parent education and behavior support for children in Central and East San Diego County, and I hope to bring some of this experience to our families here as well.

Claudia Reeder
Children’s director
760.729.4464Claudia has been the Director of Children’s Ministries at Pilgrim Church since 2001. She received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from San Diego State University. Claudia taught elementary school in Escondido for eight years. As Director of Children’s Ministries, Claudia is in charge of the Sunday School and Nursery during worship each Sunday.

Jaime Romo
Minister, healing & healthy environmentsDr. Romo is a Commissioned Minister in the United Church of Christ for Healing and Healthy Environments. He earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of San Diego and has taken an active role in developing and implementing Safe Church Policies and Healing Community practices in churches since 2009, leading trainings for parents, volunteers and employees. Jaime also facilitates Traumatic Incident Reduction sessions for anyone who would like to greatly reduce or resolve the negative symptoms from adverse life experiences. He also loves bringing music with the Band of Pilgrims.

Ray Little 
Music Director

Ray grew up in the mid-west in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University with a B. Mus in Sacred Music and did graduate work in theology at the University in Leuven, Belgium. When he moved to San Diego, he worked for over 20 years as a Stockbroker with several banks, all the while doing church music as a substitute organist. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists.

He joined the Pilgrim family as Director of Music in 2013. Ray currently sings with the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and loves to take cruises when time permits.

Joseph “Joey” Pearson
Band Director

Joseph Pearson, known at Pilgrim as Joey, is a musician and singer born in southern Georgia and raised in Encinitas, California. His southern roots give his music a distinctly gospel feel which has an important influence in his musical style. Having worked as a professional singer all of his childhood, Joey was decidedly unfilled by the world of the entertainment. He decided to pursue an education at Georgetown University in diplomacy, but continued to pursue music through his participation and eventual leadership role with the Georgetown University Gospel Choir. As a member of the LGBTQ community, Joey was always alienated from the music ministry in church. However, he discovered acceptance in the Christian community for the first time while at Georgetown: With Georgetown’s protestant ministry, Joey grew and develop into a facilitator of worship as he performed in churches and venues across Washington, D.C. including local churches, federal agencies, and even the Kennedy Center on two occasions. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a masters in education in 2016, Joey returned to his home in California to work as a high school teacher. He discovered Pilgrim UCC during the March for our Lives in 2017 where he heard the Reverend Madison Shockley speak. Joey quickly integrated himself into the music ministry at Pilgrim and joined Band of Pilgrims, where he now serves as band director and facilitator of small groups. Most recently, he has begun writing progressive Christian music for the church and larger community and is excited to share a message of love, hope, and justice through his music. Joey is honored to serve Pilgrim United Church of Christ and its congregants.