About Pilgrim Covenant Church
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Matt 18:20
Pilgrim Covenant Church is affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church (covchurch.org) which seeks to form and nurture communities that are deeply committed to Jesus Christ and passionately engaged in Christ's mission in the world.
Pastor Dennis Anderson
Youth Pastor Matt Gillis
On January 7, 1902, a small group of people who had been born in Sweden and were now residents of the United States gathered in North Granby, Connecticut with the desire to organize a church. During the following months, a corporation called The Free Christian Society of North Granby was formed with fourteen charter members, and a church was built on the corner of the apple orchard of John P. Stevenson, 1 ½ miles from the Southwick line on Loomis Street in North Granby.
The early members were all of Swedish heritage, and services were conducted in Swedish from 1902 with a gradual introduction of services in the English language until 1941, when the last service in Swedish was conducted. Rev Otto Rafos, who served the church from 1946 to 1951, was the first non-Swedish pastor.
During the early 1920’s, Carl Anderson was given the contract to build the new church using as much of the lumber and other materials from the old church as possible. The dedication of the new church on Salmon Brook Street in Granby was held on September 16, 1926. (There have been many alterations and additions since that time.)