A combination of staff and congregational leaders attend to the operations and growth of All Pilgrims Christian Church.
All Pilgrims Christian Church is served by our pastor, the Rev. Greg Turk; our Minister of Music, Stephen Marshall-Ward; and Office Manager, Jeremy Matheis. Administrative ministry is offered by the Coordinating Council, its officers and committees; spiritual care is provided by the Spiritual Care team.
The Rev. Gregory Turk was called to All Pilgrims in April 2010. Greg is a dynamic preacher and ardent community activist with a passion for urban ministry.
His background includes founding a Spanish-language church in Fort Worth, Texas, working to reduce violent gang activity in south-central Los Angeles, and consulting with the Montana state prison system.
Greg accepted the call to All Pilgrims because he wanted to work within an urban congregation that is alive and constantly endeavoring to expand itself. Greg is a driver of our ministries to children, the neighborhood, and the homeless, as well as our ministries of spiritual care, prayer services, and interfaith dialogue. He was instrumental in creating our College of Spirituality.
But Greg doesn’t do it all himself—he challenges all in our congregation to stretch beyond ourselves in ministry.
Central to God’s vision, Greg believes, is love—an all-embracing love expressed in Greg’s watchword, “God loves you, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” God challenges us to reflect this love by weaving the tapestry of a just and peaceful world in which all live abundant, full lives in service to God and community with each other. In this spirit, Pastor Greg celebrates the dignity and worth of all people as he combines the quest for spiritual growth with his passion for social justice.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Greg earned a Bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University and a Master of Divinity degree at Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University. He has published articles, educational material, and a chapter in a book about faith and politics. His many extracurricular skills range from baseball (he plays shortstop) to soapmaking (he started a soap-making micro-enterprise in Los Angeles, gainfully employing gang members). Greg and his wife Lynn have two children, Hannah and Luke.
Some words Greg’s parishioners have used to describe him are high-energy, gifted preacher and teacher, passionate, socially conscious, peacemaker, and good sense of humor. In Pastor Greg’s view, “The church is about great things. Mediocrity is not part of the program. People want to be connected with deep meaning and participate. We all want to feel that when we’re here, we matter.”
As Minister of Music and Organist, Stephen Marshall-Ward officially joined All Pilgrims Christian Church in the spring of 2013. With meaningful connections to All Pilgrims since the mid-1990s, this recent professional relationship has special meaning for him as he joyfully shares his musical and leadership gifts with this welcoming and vibrant faith community. He has served congregations from the East Coast to Texas, and throughout the Northwest, most recently The First Presbyterian Church (Seattle, WA), Edmonds United Methodist Church (Edmonds, WA), and Temple B’nai Torah (Bellevue, WA).
Dr. Marshall-Ward is Professor & Chair of the Music Department at Trinity Lutheran College (Everett, WA). As an educator, he has taught privately for over thirty years, has founded or co-founded institutions for spirituality and the arts, has taught Music Theory and directed the Men’s Chorus at Seattle Pacific University, and is a Past Dean of the Seattle Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. As a guest speaker on Worship and the Arts, he has been invited to speak to churches up and down the West Coast, as a guest lecturer to students at The Julliard School, and as a lecturer on “Aesthetics in Spiritual Spaces.”
Dr. Marshall-Ward holds a Bachelor of Arts in Church Music (with primary focus in piano and secondary focuses in church administration and organ performance), a Master of Arts in Sacred Music (with special focus in choral conducting and music composition), has completed post-graduate studies at Westminster Choir College and Southwestern Seminary, and a Doctorate in Sacred Music (D.S.M.) through the Graduate Theological Foundation completing his course work at Oxford University, England. His organ teachers have included Joan Lippincott (Chair of the Organ Department at Westminster Choir College and Chapel Organist at Princeton University), Al Travis (Chair of the Organ Department at Southwestern Seminary), and John Weaver (Chair of the Organ Department at The Juilliard School). With gracious collaboration from Morten Lauridsen, Stephen’s final doctoral project included a performance and written analysis of Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, a stunning five-movement choral suite featuring the poetry of Robert Graves. Stephen is honored to have completed his doctoral degree under the tutelage and mentorship of the Right Reverend David Stancliffe, Bishop of Salisbury Cathedral, who imparted to Stephen the capstone of gracious, creative music ministry emanating from a joyful and grateful heart.
In addition to his musical studies, Dr. Marshall-Ward has theological and ecclesiastical training and Seminary training in Church History, Christian Ethics, and Theology through the Ph.D. level. For more than two decades, he has been a student of church growth concepts, attending many national and international conferences with leading church growth experts, including a Symposium on Twenty-First-Century Church Music at Cambridge University in England.
As a performer, he began performing solo piano concerts at age 12 and solo organ concerts at age 15. At age 17, he performed his first solo European concert tour, performing 19 organ concerts in seven European countries. Since then, Dr. Marshall-Ward has performed many concerts on both the east and west coasts, and throughout Europe, including appearing as a guest organist for the noon-day prayer service at Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. He is half of a duo-organ team, performing together with his colleague Dr. Wanda Griffiths since 2002, appearing on recital series around the Pacific Northwest and in Southern California, including as featured performers for the Northwest Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists.
Stephen is also an award-winning designer, owning an interior and architectural design company specializing in sacred-space design. With a base of more than sixty clients, Stephen Marshall Design, Inc., has renovated dozens of homes, developed and designed retail and commercial spaces, and designed and renovated many spiritual spaces throughout Washington. He has two wonderful grown sons – Andrew and Alex – and lives in Lynnwood with James, his husband. In his “free time,” Stephen enjoys music, architecture, design, art, writing, poetry, cooking, gardening, travelling, and their silky terrier, Nikki.
Jeremy Matheis has been the Office Manager at All Pilgrims since February, 2008 and is the main contact point for all administrative matters.
Jeremy is responsible for many aspects of church communications, database management, facility management, purchasing, and bookkeeping. Jeremy is usually one of the first people to be seen or heard when visitors enter the church during the week. With a cheery, personable style, he embodies All Pilgrims’ spirit of hospitality.
Outside of All Pilgrims, Jeremy is Conductor and Artistic Director for the Choir of the Sound in Shoreline as well as Director of Music at Bothell United Methodist Church, where he directs the Chancel, Chant, and Bell Choirs. In addition to an expanding conducting and singing career, he continues to sing weekly and is the Associate Director of the St. Mark’s Compline Choir. He is also the co-chair for the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium festival, also serving on the Board of Directors.
Jeremy lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle with his partner Jeffrey Ricco (who also sings in many of his choirs), along with Spartacus, their lop-eared rabbit. The two enjoy hiking and snowshoeing when their schedule allows.