My name is Joel Fitzgerald and I am excited to begin ministry as your pastor July 1. As you may have heard, I have some experience with the good folk of Albion First UMC. I attend Albion College from 2004-2008, and in my time there I attended Albion First. So, I already know and have experienced your welcome and hospitable nature. I also have learned about all the good work you are doing now. I’m impressed by your commitment to the community and your willingness to engage with a hurting world. I’m humbled to be following such a great leader in Pastor Leslee, and I know she has done amazing work with you. In this time of pandemic and racial reckoning, your faithfulness is truly remarkable, and I am very excited to work alongside you.

Besides myself, my wife, two sons, and dog will be moving to Albion as well. My wife Erin graduated with me from Albion in 2008, and will be the Senior Pastor of Marshall UMC. My son Michael will be starting kindergarten at Harrington in the fall and my son Samuel, who just turned 1, will be in daycare. Our 11-year-old dog Lucky will probably spend most of her time sleeping.