Mary Kay Totty, Pastor.

Rev. Dr. Mary Kay Totty was appointed Lead Pastor beginning July 2020. Mary Kay grew up in the South earning a BA in Religious Studies/English Literature at Louisiana State University and a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. In 2015, Mary Kay completed her Doctorate of Ministry in Arts and Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. She is a United Methodist ordained elder having served churches of various sizes in Nebraska, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.

Mary Kay treasures the rhythm of the church year flowing from one liturgical season to the next. She enjoys planning worship, preaching, teaching, working with congregations to achieve goals and to embody grace through all the various ministries. Mary Kay is married to Rev. Stephen Griffith, a United Methodist ordained elder. They live in the Highlands Neighborhood of nearby Lincoln. In her free time, Mary Kay enjoys creating art — tatted lace, watercolors, and paper crafts.


Jo Ellen Axthelm, Associate Pastor/BBCDC Curriculum Director. Jo Ellen is originally from Kirksville, Missouri where she graduated with multiple degrees from Truman State University. She has lived in many states, most recently North Carolina, but has moved to Nebraska to be closer to family. Her task is to support the ministry and outreach of the church. Jo Ellen’s passion is serving Jesus in both educational and church settings. Family, including church family, are very important to her and she looks forward to helping you find your “spot” at Seward United Methodist Church.

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Terri Abrams, Office Administrator. Terri oversees the office operations and church finances including budgets, financial reports, accounts payable and banking information.


Wess Robotham, Worship/Music Director. He began serving the Seward United Methodist Church in October 2018.

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Karen Yeldin, Financial Administrator. More on Karen coming soon!

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Deb Snell, Children’s Choir Accompanist.


Pam McConnell, Adult Choir Accompanist. Pam has accompanied various musical groups at the Seward United Methodist Church . Currently, she serves faithfully as the accompanist for the Adult Choir.

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Ander Axthelm, Director of Church Technology. Ander helps coordinate the technology ministry of the church. His main responsibility is the technological part of the worship experience assuring the presentation of video clips and power point. Ander also directs and prepares the taping of the 10:30 a.m. worship service that is aired weekly on cable television.

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Lindsey Meyer, BBCDC Director. More on Lindsey coming soon!