Rev. Morita Truman

Morita Truman grew up in Enid, Oklahoma as the youngest of four children. She now has 5 nieces and nephews (along with their spouses), 12 great nieces and nephews and 1 great great nephew! Her family now lives from Virginia to Washington State and SoCal, and just about everywhere in between.

Morita, in her own words, grew up a “cradle Methodist.” She began her ministerial work as a lay employee in Shawnee, Oklahoma from 1985-1994. In 1994 Morita was consecrated as a diaconal minister, and moved to Kansas to work at College Hill UMC in Wichita.

Three years later she was ordained a deacon and began working in Abilene Fist UMC. That was until she was appointed in 2001 to Mullinville UMC as a local pastor. Another three years later Morita was appointed to St. Francis UMC. During that time she attended Iliff and graduated in 2009. In 2010 she was ordained an elder. After that she spent time in appointments at Hillsboro UMC (2011) and Great Bend First UMC (2018).

Rev. Morita Truman has a Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma State University, Master of Religious Education (MRE) from Oklahoma City University and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Iliff School of Theology in Denver.

In her free time, Morita likes photography, every kind of music and traveling. She especially likes to travel to New York for theater, but is very excited to begin exploring the beauty of Nebraska. She also enjoys walking and is obsessed with getting her 10,000 steps in every day. Although she is a dedicated OKState fan, she is ready to join with the Husker Nation when they play any other school!

Maddi Baugous

Maddi Baugous, Pastoral Intern

Maddi grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University. In May of 2020, she graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with her MDiv. She has worked with and served as Co-Director of Micah Corps where she developed a passion for social justice, and encouraging college students in their faith and justice work. Maddi is working through the process of ordination in the UMC as an elder. Because Maddi is yet to be ordained, her role for now is pastoral Intern. She will assist in pastoral duties, oversee Mercy and Justice activities, and supervise and lead the confirmation class. We hope that our relationship will prove to be mutually enriching, and that Maddi will remain a part of First Church through her ordination and beyond. Maddi is passionate about the Hebrew Bible, especially the Prophets, and how they can be used for justice in the world. In her free time, Maddi loves decorating her planner, journaling, and playing board games with friends.