Our staff


  • Tom Stroup

    Interim Lead Pastor

                    Pastor Tom grew up in central Pennsylvania.  At the age of 20 he discovered how much God loved him and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior.  Later that summer he sensed God’s call to ministry.

                    He graduated from Penn Wesleyan College in Allentown, Pa and received a Master of Divinity Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky.

                    He retired in January 2014 after serving as Senior Pastor in the Brockport Free Methodist Church for 36 years.

    “It’s my privilege to come alongside of the AFMC family.  We are not simply marking time here as we anticipate the appointment of a new Pastor…we are daily moving forward




  • Dee Hansel

    Assistant to the Pastor & Children's Pastor

    I was born and raised right here in Albion and never had the urge to leave. I love it here, this is home. I live with my husband, two little dogs Mia and Finn and our grumpy cat Kory. Al and I have three grown children and three amazing grandchildren. I felt my call to ministry later in life after many years in banking. I am presently a Conference Ministerial Candidate working toward ordination. In my spare time I love to travel (mostly to Disney with my grandchildren), read and bake.

  • gary smith

    Worship Director

    I am honored and privileged to be serving at AFMC as the church's Worship Pastor.  I felt God's call on my life back in 2004 for what I thought was just worship Ministry but as I pursued His calling, I realized it was bigger and more than I had imagined. I never realized He would call me back to my home town of Albion, NY after living in Ohio and Kentucky for 15 years. God has instilled in me a passion for delivering His word effectively in an authentic worship experience or from behind the pulpit when given the opportunity to preach. I'm so thankful that I can serve here with my wife Ronda who also serves on the worship team as well as many other talented musicians. Ronda and I have 10 children together and our deepest desire is to be in the center of God's will for our lives as He leads and guides us