Rev. Sue Joiner

Senior Minister

I came to New Mexico in 2004 to direct a spiritual renewal program for Clergy and Congregations. I was thrilled to join First Congregational United Church of Christ in 2014 because my heart is in the church. I love the way we are a community for one another and the larger world. This congregation is full of vitality and we are doing great things in the community. Some things I love are: my amazing wife, Anne Marie Strangio (an elementary principal among other things), my kids Max and Maya, my running buddy Sophie (always ready to hit the trail), my (mostly) sweet cat Otis, the fabulous people who share this journey with me, good chocolate, great novels, delicious food, camping and hiking, exploring new places, sunrises and sunsets, the hawk that lives in our neighborhood, water, Japanese food, and seafood, exercise (really), the color purple, poetry, great conversations, preaching, zentangle, Story People, and the opportunity to discover something new each day. 


A.O. Ferguson









Ben Wakashige


Frances McCain


Randy Madonna

Chair of social justice & outreach

Pamela McClain



Andy Zawadzi

Chair of building and grounds














Paul Morbitzer

Administrative Assistant/ Bookkeeper

As a relative newcomer here, I am overjoyed by the incredible welcome that I consistently receive from this brilliant congregation.  After spending many years in retail book sales, my hope is that the gifts I bring can come close to matching the gratitude I feel to this community and the individuals in it.  I am thrilled to learn more every day about the people, the history and the operations of my new home.  Though generally reserved, I am delighted to share my thoughts on my sources of pleasure—family, food, travel, hiking, architecture and opera.  I relish this opportunity to join you as we continue along our journey together.

Tim Beach

building SUPERINtendent

Tim is our extraordinary custodian. When asked for words for his bio, he said, "When you have the Sandias, the Sunsets, the Southwest Cuisine, you have something."