Todd Seifert loves to tell stories. His feels blessed to have been put in position to pursue Todd - website mugthat passion in five states and in two careers.

He currently serves as communications director for the Great Plains Conference of The United Methodist Church and is a participant in Lay Servant Ministries. He has served in his current role since February 2015. In that role, he leads the team that tells stories of the more than 1,000 United Methodist Churches in Kansas and Nebraska. It’s important to note that the thoughts, reflections and observations he shares on this site are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the church or its officials.

Prior to joining the Great Plains team, Todd served as a journalist for 20 years in Minnesota, Missouri and Utah, with the last 14 years as executive editor of the Gannett (USA Today-affiliated) newspaper in St. George, Utah. His job provided him with the opportunity to tell investigative stories about government waste or inaction, as well as numerous tales of people overcoming obstacles and who served as, you guessed it, inspiration to others. He has had the opportunity to interview U.S. senators, presidential candidates, sports heroes, musicians, educators, first responders, military veterans and even the school crossing guard — all with great stories to tell.

His background includes daily and weekly newspapers, the launch and redesign of websites, the introduction of video to document breaking news, social media integration into news gathering and dissemination, as well as magazine publishing.

In his free time, Todd has served in various leadership roles in local churches, including church council chair, finance chair and education chair. He served in the St. George Kiwanis Club for more than 10 years before a call to ministry led him back to the Midwest.

Todd is married to his high school sweetheart, the Rev. Amy Seifert, who currently serves at Central United Methodist Church in Lawrence, Kansas. They have a daughter, Emily, who is a senior basketball player at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and a son, Josh, who is a sophomore at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Contact Todd at todd@toddseifert.comFollow him on Twitter, @ToddSeifert