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. 




Marcia Harris


I have been a member of First Congregational for 15 years. My husband Curt and I have three grown children. Ted and Margaret were confirmed in this church and are currently active in the congregation. Our oldest son Craig lives in Buffalo and is expecting our first grandchild. I worked for University Hospital and UNM for over 20 years, and am now working part-time for a small behavioral health program. My favorite activity is being an ESL tutor for refugee women. I am a third- generation Albuquerquean -- my father went to elementary school where Anne Marie Strangio is now the principal!







A.O. Ferguson

VICE Moderator









Laura Pugtach











Robin Gaupp

Chair of Faith Development


Steve Winton

Chair of Congregational Life














Andy Zawadzi

Chair of building and grounds














Marilyn Riche

PRESCHOOL committee









Ann Fenton 

PRESCHOOL committee

Having been raised in a Congregational church in Colorado, I was excited to find a Congregational church in Albuquerque that fit my family. Both of my children were raised in this church. I am passionate about children and providing nurturing spaces with caring adults for them. I was the Director of this preschool for ten years and love the commitment of the preschool and church to welcome all families and  teaching respect and appreciation for our community and our world. 




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."