I am an ordained elder in the Western New York Conference of the United Methodist Church. I retired July 1, 2004. I served as Interim Pastor from August 2006 to June 2007 at Fredonia First United Methodist Church. On March 15, 2009, I was consecrated as Pastor Emeritus and Visitation Pastor at Fredonia. When called, I am open to preaching at other churches in our community. I am confident that there are no small churches and no great preachers, only our great God! My focus and goal is to be an encourager in the Christian faith! At your convenience, please allow me the joy of hearing about your faith in Jesus Christ. Oh Yes! Amen! To God be all the glory!!!
I was ordained an elder in what was then the Methodist Church in 1945, prior to entering the US Army. After two years as an Army chaplain, I served the Methodist Church in many capacities, both as pastor and in administration. It was my special privilege to serve the Fredonia United Methodist Church in a variety of ways---as Senior pastor, as District Superintendent, as an interim pastor and as Pastor Emeritus. God was gracious in opening a door into the ministry for me when I was 19 years old. Now that I am well into my 90's, I look back, knowing He has been my Guide through all the intervening years, and I know you too, as individuals and as a congregation, have been led by God's redeeming grace and love.
I have returned to Fredonia First after many years. I started my call to the ministry here and have moved through many different opportunities to land on the staff again. I am a commissioned Deacon in the United Methodist Church. As a Deacon, I am a pastor but called to the ministries of proclaiming the Word of God, Service to God and others, Compassion and Justice ministries. I feel a strong call to walk beside pastors who are serving as administrators in local churches. Currently I am also on staff at the Westfield United Methodist Church where I am the director of contemporary music. I am very happy to be serving God as the Administrative Assistant at Fredonia First UMC!
Fredonia, New York has always been home to me, even during the fifteen years I lived in Florida as a young adult. My family moved to Port Charlotte, Florida in 1980 and I remained there until the early 1990’s working food and beverage on Sanibel and Captiva Island. One summer, while visiting home, I met my husband Marc Ruckman; I returned to Florida to gather my belongings. Over twenty years have passed and we have raised three beautiful children. Also during that time I earned a Liberal Arts Degree from Jamestown Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Fredonia, State University of New York, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, also from SUNY Fredonia. While completing my coursework our children attended The Campus and Community Children’s Center. My first experiences at CCCC were as a student parent where I was later invited to serve on the Board of Directors and on the personnel committee. While on the Board, I substituted in various districts until I accepted a position at CCCC as Co-teacher in the Butterfly Preschool Classroom. From 2009-2015, for students ages three through five, I developed thematic units that challenged the five early childhood learning domains. Each day my colleague and I read, sang, danced, played and created with our students. I resigned from CCCC in May of 2015 for the opportunity to share my knowledge, skills, and experiences in a larger venue and deepen my relationship with Christ. I am honored to currently serve as the youth director at FFUMC.