We are an open book.  We want to be as transparent a church as possible.  Feel free to ask us anything you need.

It is our hope that these pages answer a couple basic questions. We want to make sure that you understand the personality of our church. We love God, love people, and would love for you to join us. 

To those in the LGTBQ community, to our younger generation and to any or all who feel different and not included, we want you to know that each and every one of you is a child of God, of sacred worth and loved by God. We, at Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, seek to embody the spirit of Jesus’ welcoming, redeeming love. We are a body of imperfect individuals striving to learn and work together by God’s grace to do better and love better as we journey through life.

We hope and pray that you will find a message of love, welcome, and acceptance as you step through our doors, and we invite you to participate in our ministries. You have a story. You have a voice to share. Your life is a beautiful thread and a part of a magnificent tapestry that God is weaving together as we learn to love more fully by the grace of Jesus Christ. You are welcome here!


We exist for three main reasons that feel very strongly about. We believe that focusing on these three things is what God calls for us to do. We trust in the Lord and follow his will. 


We exist to build healthy relationships with other believers. We want to build a community that anyone can rely on for a helping hand. We do our very best to build a family atmosphere here. When you walk through our doors you automatically become family.


We exist to serve and grow closer to God. This is our soul purpose here. It is our hope and mission that through our services and ministries that you are given the tools to build a better relationship with Christ.


We exist to serve others.  It is our goal to go outside the walls and serve our community.  We hope that when you join our family that you will carry the same ideals with you.  We exist not only for our own self interests but the interests of others.




Tenny Rupnick

Our Talents:

Sue Pirone

Susan D. Pirone is our Director of Music Ministries.  Sue is a 1980 graduate of Clarion State College, with a bachelor’s in Music Education, with a concentration in Flute. She is originally from the small town of Apollo, in southwestern Pennsylvania, and moved to Tunkhannock in 1982 after her marriage to Chuck Pirone. She now considers Tunkhannock her hometown and Tunkhannock United Methodist Church her church home. She was hired as choir director in 2013 and then became director of the handbell choir in 2014. She is a member and leader of the flute choir and teaches music to our Sunday School children. Her goal as director is to pick out a wide variety of Christian music that ranges from traditional hymns to current hits on the Christian Music radio channels. But the main goal is to choose music that enhances everyone’s worship experience. In addition to her job at the church, she is a Legal Secretary for North Penn Legal Services. When she’s not typing or directing a choir, she enjoys reading, listening to music, baking and crocheting. Currently, she is concentrating on mastering the ukulele. Don’t be surprised if you hear ukulele music at one of our future services.

Sue is expanding her role in our church from our Director of Music Ministries to add the Director of Children and Youth!  More info coming soon as she on-boards in this new capacity.

Al Purdy

Born and raised in the Mill City area, Al Purdy serves as our organist, pianist, Chancel Choir accompanist and vocal soloist. He has also on occasion composed and copyrighted several musical selections for our Chancel Choir with Flute Choir.  Al is a retired music teacher from a thirty-seven year teaching career, having taught at Lancaster School District, Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Abington Heights School District, Clarks-Summit, Pennsylvania. as well as at Tunkhannock Area School District, Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania where he served as the Chorus and String Director at Tunkhannock Area High School and Coordinator of Music for Grades K-12.  In addition, Al was a member of the local dance band, Brother John, for thirty-seven years as vocalist and piano accompanist. He has a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester State College, now known as West Chester University, and an M.S. Degree from Wilkes University in Classroom Technology. Well known in our area, Al brings many musical skills to his position with us.