Ryan W. Traeger, Senior Pastor

Ryan was born and raised in Lafayette, attending Jefferson High School.  He spent some time at Purdue while trying to determine what vocation would look like in his life, only to feel a call to ministry while serving as a Youth Director in Lafayette.  Ryan served at Grace UMC in Lafayette for 8 years as the Youth Director/Associate Pastor, splitting his time in the final three years at Grace with Brown St UMC as their Senior Pastor.  Ryan continues to serve at Brown St. UMC and is thrilled to have been able to expand his role to Congress St. UMC in July of 2022.  Ryan grew up at Congress St. UMC and has a passion for getting to know people, having conversations (and sometimes a gentle debate), and never taking himself too seriously.  He is the proud dad of Magnolia  and Genevieve and loves to draw and play LEGOs with his girls.



Maia Gibson, Administrative Assistant

Maia has a thing for books and tea.  She once punted a football 110 yards with no wind.  If you’re looking for a great funk bass player, she’s your gal. Only some of that is true. Actually, she graduated from University of Indianapolis in 2019 and taught English to high school freshmen for 3 years before realizing her dream of becoming an administrative assistant for the Methodists. (She also works for Brown Street United Methodist Church.) She loves to help and connect with people, make bulletins, and organize. When she isn’t doing those things, she’s probably hiking, reading, trying to craft something, or taking a nap. But honestly, she’d be cooler if she could punt a football.