Minnesota Conference UCC Welcomes Lori Alford as Pilgrim Point Program Director

Lori Alford has been hired to serve as the Pilgrim Point Camp Director. In this new role, Lori will be the primary onsite program staff at Pilgrim Point Program Camp throughout the camping season, providing spiritual leadership, program direction, and support for congregation and conference sponsored camps and retreats. She will work closely with the Associate Conference Minister for Faith Formation for Children & Youth to develop and lead Conference-sponsored youth programs and will help coordinate the development, planning, and leadership for other Conference-sponsored programs at Pilgrim Point.

 

Lori is eager to get back to the UCC after a brief hiatus serving in the PC(USA). Her past involvement includes working at various UCC churches in the Twin Cities, and even once on Conference staff as an assistant to Wade Zick. In the past year, Lori also began the Marriage and Family Therapy program at St. Mary’s University, inspired through her work with Our Whole Lives to work with individuals and families experiencing a wide variety of issues around sexuality. She will begin an internship with a clinic in Edina in the fall of 2017. Lori has a career goal of blending together her three passions: Pilgrim Point Camp, OWL, and work as a therapist, as they represent the spiritual, relational, and healing arts she has been crafting for many years.

 

Pilgrim Point is a place of connection for Lori, as she grew up in the Alexandria area and feels at home at the camp. She is passionate about the ministry that happens at camp and feels Pilgrim Point is a deeply sacred space. She is thrilled to be starting in this new role and can’t wait to welcome you all to camp this summer!

 

Lori will begin her ministry with the Conference on April 4, 2017.  Please join us in providing a warm welcome to Lori as we begin this adventure of ministry together!