ABOUT US

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


It is our hope that this pages answers 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!



WHY WE EXIST

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. 


KNOW THE LOVE

We exist to build healthy relationships with other believers. We want to build a community that anyone can rely 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.

FOLLOW THE WAY

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.

SERVE THE WORLD

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.

 


CREATING DISCIPLES FOR JESUS CHRIST



OUR TEAM

Jon Buxton

Jon Buxton is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church serving churches in the Scranton Wilkes-Barre District as well as District Superintendent since 1993. Jon is a third generation minister with experience in various social work settings prior to his entrance into full-time pastoral ministry. Jon attended Albright College in Reading, PA (1984) and received a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL as a Hutchinson Scholar (1993). In his ministry Jon has traveled on mission trips to Puerto Rico, Haiti and Mexico as well as serving on the District Committee on Ordained Ministry. Jon enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, sailing and teaching skiing to children. He is married to Dr. Barbara Buxton, Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Scranton and they have three adult children.


Stacey Valent

We are pleased to welcome Stacey Valent as our new Church Secretary. Stacey comes to us from Telespond Senior Services, Inc., where her title was Secretary but her responsibilities included general secretarial work as well as teaching new incoming volunteer classes, leading monthly volunteer in-service sessions, doing payroll and time sheets for almost 90 volunteers, helping to write grants, writing a bi-weekly newsletter, annual financial paperwork for volunteers, and working with the Director to implement new programs.  Stacey holds an Associate of Arts degree from Keystone College, LaPlume, PA, and a Cosmetology License from Empire Beauty School, Scranton, PA.  She also attended Marywood University and Misrecordia University. She has been an avid baker for the past 35 years and had her own home based bakery business, LeCakery. She has been married to Rick for almost 22 years and they have a 17 year old daughter who will be attending Keystone College this fall.


Allen Wehler

Allen joined the church staff in March of 2015. He was born and raised in this church. He recently completed the biggest Youth Group trip this church has ever seen where he and several other leaders drove 17 hours to Kansas City, Missouri for the United Methodist Church Youth Conference (Yes, he is crazy and passionate).

    

In his spare time you could find Allen on the golf course, at local sporting events, or just spending time with his family at home.

    

Allen currently resides in Tunkhannock with his wife, Kim, and their two year old son, Jayson.


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.


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.