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.
Chair of Faith Development
Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries
Chair of social justice & outreach
Director of MusiC
Chair of building and grounds
I’ve been serving churches since I was 16 years old and I’m a third generation organist (all female). Although I went off to Oberlin Conservatory as a piano major, I have a degree in Japanese studies from the University of Colorado and I lived for three and a half years in Japan, where I studied the shamisen. My Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano is from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. While I had a very busy performing career in Vermont for 15 years and a half dozen years in Boston, when I moved to Richmond, Virginia, I developed an incredibly rewarding ministry of programs in senior residential institutions - 17 different programs in a total of 126 performances. My specialty is talking about the music, composer, movies and whatever else I can come up with to amuse residents. I’m nuts about opera so moving to Santa Fe in 2016 meant I could finally have my “own” opera house, which seems pretty special. I’ve done a ton of other kinds of work to pay the bills and now teach some piano, coach singers, accompany choirs in the Santa Fe Schools and constantly search for more work. I enjoy giving free voice lessons to church members. I live in the small Kachina Ridge development off Cerrillos Rd. in Santa Fe, right on the big arroyo, with my friend Evelyn, my two small dachshunds, Roxie and Sophie Myrtle, a Pekepoo named Sugar, and two cats, Monkie and Misty.
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."