Rev. Glover Wagner, Minister
Reverend Glover B. Wagner grew up in New York City and spent his summers on his grandmother’s farm in West Virginia. Glover is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. He has a bachelors in English Literature from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI and Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY. He has served UCC churches in Absorokee, MT and Westmoreland, NH and a Disciples of Christ Church in Billings, MT. Reverend Wagner has served Pilgrim Congregational in Bozeman since 1979.
Glover has worked on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, served on the board of the Intermountain Children’s Home in Helena, chaired the Church and Ministry Commission for the Montana – Northern Wyoming Conference of the United Church of Christ, served on the Campus Ministry Board for the Christus Collegium in Bozeman, chaired Interfaith Housing (built a 22 unit low-income housing project), is a member of the Bozeman Downtown Ministerial Association, and served twice as a delegate to National Synod for the United Church of Christ.
Glover and his wife, Mary, have two grown sons, Casey and Dylan. Glover enjoys his family, golf, ballroom dancing, and playing the cello. Glover can be reached at 587-3690.
Mary Wagner, Admnistrative Secretary
Mary has served as Pilgrim’s secretary for many years. She studied Psychology at the College of Saint Elizabeth in New Jersey and Biology at Montana State
University. Mary has assisted her husband, Rev. Wagner, with the Youth Group and has been a mentor for several Pilgrim youth over the years. She founded and chaired “Interfaith Recycling” and served on an Ad Hoc Committee for curbside recycling for the City of Bozeman. Mary has volunteered in the public schools, been a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts and is an active member of Women of Pilgrim. Mary and Glover have two grown sons, Casey & Dylan. She enjoys dancing, yoga, reading, alternative medicine, sunshine, flower gardening, sewing and people! Mary can be reached at 587-3690.
Rev. Danielle Rogers, Christian Education Director
Rev. Danielle is a graduate of Bozeman High School, American University in Washington, DC, and Pacific School of Religion, a UCC Seminary in Berkeley, CA. She studied Broadcast Journalism and Religious Studies as an undergraduate. After receiving her Masters of Theology, Danielle was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopalian denomination. She has served as a volunteer Chaplain at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, volunteered with the American Red Cross, and worked on various Martin Luther King celebration programs. She is a founding member of the Montana Hate Free Zone, an organization promoting acceptance and understanding of all people, regardless of race, disability or sexual orientation.
Nate Podgajny- Director of Youth and Family Ministries
Nate comes to Pilgrim with an M.S. in Health Sciences from MSU, a History B.A. from UM, and 10 years of experience as a professional snowsports coach. Along the way, he’s also worked jobs ranging from wildland firefighting to neuroscience research. His favorite book of the bible is Ecclesiastes, and among his favorite books are Wind, Sand and Stars and Young Men and Fire. His favorite composer is Tchaikovskiy, but he mostly likes music that’s somewhere between punk rock and country. His interests include investigating the nature of truth, serving his community and connecting with wild places and other people through snowboarding, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, hunting and backpacking.
Amy Leach, Liturgist & Hymnist
Amy Leach grew up playing the violin and piano in church in a little town in Texas – from hymns to gospel-by-ear to classical music. While in graduate school at the University of Iowa getting a Master’s Degree in creative writing, she served as the pianist and organist for a Methodist church performing a wide range of music. After moving to Chicago, she played the organ and piano at a Methodist church and two different Lutheran churches where among other things she added many German hymns to her repertoire. In 2012 Amy and her family moved to Bozeman where she began playing intermittently, on Saturdays, at the Mt. Ellis Adventist church. She accepted the role of music coordinator at Pilgrim in the summer of 2014