Rev. Sue Joiner
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.
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!
Chair of Faith Development
Chair of Congregational Life
Chair of building and grounds
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.
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 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."
Director of congregational preschool
A native New Mexican, Kris is passionate about early childhood education. Having entered her thirteenth year in early childhood education, ten have been at Congregational Preschool. Her hope is that all children are treated with respect and dignity, are encouraged to use their imaginations and know no limitations, and finally that all children have the opportunity to have a quality education and a lifelong joy of learning.