Pilgrim Christian Church

Faith. Hope. Love...

Pilgrim Christian Church is a Loving congregation that gathers just off the Square in Chardon, Ohio. Whoever you are, wherever you are on Life's journey, you are welcome here!

November 30, 2017


The Consistory is pleased to announce that its members voted to call David Loar as our interim (transitional) minister.  David will begin serving on December 1, so there will be additional joy for our Advent season.

As previously communicated, David will serve on a part time basis.  In addition to preaching on Sundays, David will be in the office on Tuesday and Thursday each week.  Scheduled days are subject to change in the event of inclement weather because, well, Chardon is Chardon.

We’d like to thank everyone for the patience, trust, and prayers during this search process.  Let’s thank God for sending David and Martha to us by giving them a warm PCC welcome.

David provided the following biography to help introduce himself and his family to us.



David E. Loar and his wife Martha married on Earth Day in 1989.

Martha is a first grade teacher at Old Trail School, an independent school that is located within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  Martha grew up in the Disciples of Christ church and was DOC until their marriage. She is from Crossville, Tennessee.

The Loars’ daughter Kate was born in 1990.  She is the Director of Development for the St. Louis Fashion Fund, a non-profit restoring the old St. Louis garment district, an incubator for fashion/garment businesses.

Their daughter Molly, born in 1993, is finishing her Bachelor’s degree in sociology at Kent State - Stark. She works for the YMCA in an after school program in Stow and runs a soccer program for multiple pre-schools.

David’s father was a UCC minister (Evangelical & Reformed before the 1957 merger).  David grew up in southern Illinois, Wisconsin, and Ohio, graduating from high school in Sandusky.   His family was centered in Wauseon, Ohio.  His mother's parents were very active in First Christian Church in Wauseon. 

David got his BA from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana; and his Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis.  He has served churches in southern Illinois; Mansfield, Ohio; Crossville, TN; and was also on the staff of the SE Conference of the UCC; Clear Lake City/Houston, TX; the north woods of Wisconsin; and from 1995-2014 as the senior pastor of Fairlawn-West UCC in Akron. 

Since retiring, he has worked part-time at a funeral home, been a beekeeper and gardener, mentored a young man and a refugee family, and served on various boards of local social service agencies.

David enjoys swimming, yoga and hiking. He says for him being next to heaven is canoeing and camping on a whitewater river.

He has traveled over the years on behalf of the wider church to the former East Germany, Hungary, Nicaragua, England, and Egypt.

He has completed the process to be recognized jointly as a UCC and DOC pastor.  In his final year in Crossville, TN, he brought together a small UCC congregation and a DOC congregation who merged officially a year after he left.  He served as the UCC representative on the board of the Tennessee Region of the Christian Church.

David likes to sing, and guarantees you will hear him do so – a cappella! - as part of worship leadership.  He enjoys reading history and is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist.


Dear Members & Friends of Pilgrim Christian Church,

My wife Martha and I appreciated the great hospitality we experienced this past Sunday as we shared in worship with you and at the waffle brunch. I look forward to meeting you individually in the coming months and to share with you in your ongoing ministry to Chardon, Geauga County and to the wider world in the name of Jesus Christ.

In the coming months I anticipate working with the leaders of the congregation and at times with the congregation as a whole in this interim or transitional time as you give thanks for and move on from Rev. McCreight as your pastor and as you begin to formulate and make clearer the next years of your life as a church and the kind of leader/pastor you will seek for this unfolding time. Having served in local church ministry for 40 years and then growing up in a parsonage as a PK prior to that, it is very clear we are living in different times than any of us have known in what it means to be church. We can't simply get a new person to fill the pastor's role and move on. We seek in these times, just as in a time when a dear one has died or we have had a broken relationship or find ourselves unemployed and so on, to patiently listen to God, to pray, to heal, to grow, and to ask God for the foresight and courage to be his witnesses to the world around us. 

I will be in Chardon on Tuesdays and Thursdays at least from 10 am to 3 pm. Some of that time I will be making visits to those who are hospitalized, home bound or someone seeking to share a pastoral concern. I will be here on Sundays obviously and will be available as needed later in the day. 

We are entering a special time in the Christian year with the seasons of Advent and then from December 25 to January 5 the season of Christmas. We may know already where "this" is headed, but it is still a joy to observe and celebrate this time of waiting and hoping. And who knows...maybe something new and amazing will  be revealed to us no matter how many times we have been through these motions.

Grace and peace,
The Rev. David Loar
Interim/Transitional Pastor



Children's Ministry
Parents and grandparents -  Christian Education will present a Christmas pageant this year.  The date will be either Dec. 17th or 24th (still checking with elders).  If your children or grandchildren will be at church, they are welcome to join us.  More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Christian Ed is looking for 4 new board members.  If you are interested in working with us or know someone who is, please contact me.

Chi Rho met on November 5th and filled 5 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  We also enjoyed hallway bowling, foosball, and air hockey.  Heather Penrod and her helpers, Mykaeyla and Samara, delivered the boxes to Thompson Methodist Church this past Sunday.

Blessings, Vickie Craig   


There are so many needs in our nation that we decided to make a tree and let you choose where you would like to help this year.  We have four causes and they are:

    THE CLEAR CREEK EDUCATION FOUNDATION  A 5013C to help the hurricane victims in a school system near Houston, Texas  The Yeoman’s, members of our church,  taught here and know the need is real. 100% of your donation will go to help hurricane victims.  
1. Checks made out to The Clear Creek Education Foundation
2. Gift cards to either Target or Walmart
Some families moved into housing and now have to vacate it due to mold so they are starting over!

     ANGEL TREE CHRISTMAS  Remember the children whose moms and dads are in prison.  Look for the 5 angels with gift suggestions.  For more information, talk to Cathy Sweet.  Let these children know they are not forgotten!

     WOMEN’S SAFE A 7 year old girl has just moved into an apartment with her mom.  She has a bed but needs a comforter (she loves all Disney princesses), sheets, a pillow, a rug, a bedside lamp, a little table or chest for it (does not need to be new), stuffed animals, a princess doll

    PROJECT HOPE A family has moved into an apartment.  The Condon/Hederstrom family donated 2 twin beds from their mother’s house and they have bedding.  Here is what they need.
    Boy 12 Loves the Cavs.  Needs boots size 9,5 and socks.  He is in a men’s medium for hoodies and shirts.  Would like head phones and a gift card to GameStop.
    Girl 13 Purple is her favorite color.  She needs boots size 8.5, pull-on bear claw type.  She needs clothes size 13 junior.  She likes hoodies and plaid shirts and would love name brand shampoo and conditioner like Pantene.  Needs a pillow.
    Mom Needs cooking pans, socks and a gas card

Please pick the wish, or wishes, you wish to grant and bring it  (them) to church by Sunday, December 17th.   If you purchase gift cards, please take them to the office.

Thank you for giving! When we give, we are giving to Jesus too!  Giving helps to spread His love! 



The Olympic Brass will present its Silver Bells community holiday concert at PCC on Saturday, December 16, at 7 pm.

If you have not heard this wonderful group of professional musicians perform, you are in for both great music and an education about some truly unique instruments you may never see elsewhere.

There is no admission cost, but donations to help the musicians defray expenses will be sincerely appreciated.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Mark your calendar so you won’t miss this spirited holiday concert!

Thank you Richard Huff for the donation of the 100 Cup Coffee Pot!