- Tom MoePastor
Pastor Moe comes to us with decades of ministry experience. He has served as chair of hospital foundations, as chaplain of hospice, hospital, and prison ministry. Pastor Moe has served on many conference committees as well.
He is a certified grief counselor, nationally certified in team development, and has authored several books including grief, preaching and developing healthy religion. He and his wife share their life long vision for the local church in developing new generations of disciples of Jesus Christ.
- Teresa BruggerSecretary
I have been marriage to Brian for 40 years. We have two grown married children, Kala and Eric and 4 grandchildren. We have Dairy farmed for 40 years. A couple of hobbies I have: I like making natural body care products, I love gardening, I like watching old black and white movies and spoiling my grandkids.
I used to work at AUMC in the past. I worked here for 14 years and left to be a full-time mail carrier. I have been retired for a few years now. I loved working for the church and when the opening came up, I thought what a great opportunity to work part time at a job I enjoyed.
If there is anything I can do for anyone, please don't hesitate to call the office or stop in. I am in the office from 8:00am to 12:00pm, M-W-F. Feel free to stop in or call me at 608-862-3206. It is my honor to serve you.
- Karen MoeHead of Education
My name is Karen Moe. It is my honor to oversee the Education Department of our church. We have a caring, knowledgeable staff. After having worked in the medical field and in the field of education for 45+ years, I continue to enjoy exploring fun ways to encourage learning. I earned a Master’s Degree in Christian Education in 2007. I especially enjoy teaching and seeing the eyes of the students light up when learning occurs.
I grew up on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin, and I love the ‘country life’. My husband, Tom, and I have been married for 42+ years, and we have served a number of churches in Wisconsin during those years. God has blessed us with 2 sons and 2 daughters. Our first son is waiting for us in heaven. Our other children are grown and married, and they have blessed us with 3 wonderful grandchildren, with 2 other grandchildren also waiting for us in heaven. My favorite activities are spending time with family, sewing and quilting, learning new skills, and spoiling our grandchildren and our dog, Rosabelle.
- Jason RupnowHead of Youth (High School)
My name is Jason Rupnow and I am one of the Senior High Sunday School teachers and I am one of the youth leaders for our youth group. I am married to my best friend, Julie, and I have 4 children Cory and Taylor Rupnow and Emily and Garrett Phillipson.
I have been at the AUMC since 2013 and I have had a great time and love working with the youth of Albany and the surrounding area. We strive to keep it real when dealing with everyday life issues, using scripture to help us in our good time and troubled times that we may have in our lives.
- Fairy ElmerHead of Confirmation
Fairy Elmer lives between Albany and Evansville on their farm with her husband Steve who is a dairy farmer. She is mother to Emily who lives in Oregon and works in Madison and Jacob who is currently a freshman at Carthage College studying accounting. Currently they share their house with their dogs Mya and Cosmo and their cat Natalie. Fairy is a business and agricultural risk manager with her own company, Risk Management Services, LLC. Fairy was raised in a community church that her father and mother started and that her father ministered in for over 60 years. Fairy started at AUMC before Emily was born and has been active first starting as a Sunday School teacher. Fairy loves working with the youth and gets more from them than she gives to them.
- Phyllis RunaasHead of Ad Council
My name is Phyllis Runaas and will be starting my second year as Ad Council chair in 2021. The year 2020 has certainly been a challenge for myself and everyone else. I have been married to life long member Abe Runaas for 28 years. I joined our Church in 2012. I have two step-children and we are proud grandparents of one grandson, five granddaughters and one great granddaughter. I work full-time, love to read, and spend time with family. I am grateful for our Church family, they are the best as I discovered when we lost our grandson 3 years ago. They are kind, thoughtful and loving. Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns. We have a great Council who wants nothing but the best for this wonderful congregation.
- Leigh WhiteheadHead of Fellowship
My name is Leigh Whitehead and I am married to my husband, Russell. I work at the UW-Madison as a chef. My son, Reece, is in the Marines. My husband and I live on a farm where we raise a lot of our own food.
- Terrie BlumerChoir Director
My name is Terrie Blumer. I have been married to Keith for nearly 50 years. We have two children and four grandchildren. I moved to Albany at 9 years of age and have been part of the Albany UMC family since. I truly feel that music feeds the soul to those who sing and to those who hear it. I've had this blessing for 47 years.