Rev. Dr. Rachel Metheny, Pastor
Rachel Metheny was born in Indianapolis and lived most of her life there, except for two years in San Francisco/Bay area and one year in Guatemala. She served as pastor of Broadway in Indianapolis for 18 years before her appointment to Congress Street on July 1, 2017. She has a daughter, Grace, who is a college student at Indiana University, and two dachshunds, Zoey and Shortie. She has a PhD in ethics from Graduate Theological Union and has taught at Christian Theological Seminary (where Congress Street’s previous pastor, Clarinda Crawford was a student in her ethics course). She loves reading, IU basketball (I know, I know), and walking. With her daughter, she loves to travel (especially to Kauai, Hawaii). They have been able to travel all around the world due to receiving two Lily Endowment Clergy Renewal Grants. She loves to make homemade pizza (her only specialty). She is looking forward to eating at all the good local restaurants.
Ryan W. Traeger, Community 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 excited to be partnering with Congress St. starting July 1st, 2020. 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 (6) and Genevieve (4) and loves to draw and play LEGOs with his girls.
Scott Hines, Minister of Music
Scott Hines is in his 7th year as an assistant director for Purdue Musical Organizations. Specifically Scott is the assistant director/accompanist and arranger for the Purdue Varsity Glee Club. He also directs 5 small ensembles and arranges, and accompanies for them, as well. Scott grew up in Tuscola, Illinois and attended Eastern Illinois University and Belmont University. Before coming to Congress Street UMC, Scott was organist/choir director at First Presbyterian in Mattoon, Illinois.