Liz Charles McGough (she/her) – Director

Having grown up in the Maine Conference as a pastor’s kid, Liz has deeply enjoyed the gift of spending time at Pilgrim Lodge as a camper, counselor, staff member, and volunteer dean for the greater part of her life. Her experiences at Pilgrim Lodge have reinforced her belief in the transformational power of exploring faith in nature and in community with others.

Liz first joined the Pilgrim Lodge summer staff while attending college at the University of New Hampshire. Liz then spent a year working in Honduras for the Maine Conference UCC, coordinating groups traveling to the country with the Maine-Honduras Partnership, and supporting a rural health clinic. Upon returning to Maine, Liz used the Spanish that she learned to join the Maine Mobile Health Program where she spent over a decade leading a team of passionate individuals providing mobile health services to migrant farmworkers across the state of Maine. Liz is excited to be back on the staff of the Maine Conference UCC, bringing with her all that she has learned in her journey.

Liz lives in Gardiner (and at camp!) with her husband, Cullen, and two children, Benjamin and Nathaniel.


Karen Steelhammer – Office Administrator / Registrar

Karen is the friendly voice you often hear when you call the Pilgrim Lodge office. Having been with Pilgrim Lodge for over a decade, Karen is well-informed with the workings of Pilgrim Lodge and is always here to lend a helping hand.


John Steelhammer – Site Manager

John lovingly cares for Pilgrim Lodge and has experience with a wide variety of trades involving many skills that make him a great addition to our facility.