The Rev. Dr. Jan Nolting Carter, Transitional Pastor and Head of Staff


Jan Nolting Carter joined us as a fellow Pilgrim in August 2017 in after serving five congregations in the Carlisle Presbytery in transitional capacities. Prior to serving in Pennsylvania, she served a congregation in Kansas as an associate pastor. Jan holds degrees from Duke University (AB), University of Pennsylvania (MSEd), McCormick Theological Seminary (M Div) and Columbia Theological Seminary (DMin). Ordained for twenty-one years, Jan loves the intersection between worship, developing community and developing grass roots change in systems. Jan shares training in mediation, Healthy Congregations, and leadership coaching. She serves on the faculty of the Transitional Ministry Education Consortium (TMEC) and teaches The Art of Transitional Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. 

Jan moved to Washington DC with her son, Seth (15); daughter, Sarah (9); and her dad, Lee; and the family's dog, Jackson, and cat, Grayson. For fun, Jan enjoys biking, gardening, cooking, photography and exploring. 

The Rev. Ashley Goff, Minister for Spiritual Formation and Director of The Pilgrimage

Ashley Goff is Minister for Spiritual Formation at Church of the Pilgrims (PCUSA) and ordained in the United Church of Christ. Ashley graduated from Union Theological Seminary in NYC where she fell in love with the art of liturgy.  She lives with deep gratitude for several communities which have formed her along the way: Denison University, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, the Open Door Community, and Rikers Island NYC Jail. Ashley also finds life in Springsteen music, beekeeping, urban farming, and vinyasa yoga.  

Ashley lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Bob Glennon, who is Director of Social Services at Miriam's Kitchen, their kids, Sam, Maddie, and Ryan, and 95 pound black lab, Wrigley. Ashley blogs at