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           People of Faith, Reflecting God’s Love


Wanda Mandigo
Director of Music Ministries

Nancy Anderson
Organist/Children's Music Ministries


Meet our Staff


I have been managing the church office since January 2011. I was so blessed to be accepted by this church family. They are wonderful people. I truly enjoy coming to work every day and helping out.

My husband, Ray, and I moved to Prague to raise our kids in a small town community. We moved to Waverly in June of 2011 after both kids were out of high school. I love the small town feel and only being 10 minutes from Lincoln. Our son, Acea, lives in Lincoln and is an assistant manager at Jimmy Johns. He is engaged to Sally Aquin and they have a little girl named Reina. Our daughter, Halie, lives right across the street here in Waverly and works at Husker Wellness and Rehab and is enrolled at Clarkson College to receive her bachelors degree in the Physical Therapy Assistant program. Or other daughter, Christiana (Halie’s best friend), also lives across the street and works as a director Tabitha, she is married to Lance Vermeline and they have a little girl named Alaina. We also have added to our family Christiana's sister, Andrea, who is now living in Lincoln. 

Ray and I are empty nesters. Finally time to take a deep breath and relax....sort of. 

First and foremost, I am a spouse and father.  My best friend and partner in life is Sue with whom I will be celebrating 38 years of marriage on the 22nd of July.  Together we have three wonderful 

daughters.  Timoree and her spouse, Chris, live in Lincoln.  Hilary along with her three children, Cain, Liv, and Lilah, also reside in Lincoln.  Our youngest daughter, Mallory, lives in Omaha and will be
marrying her best friend, Seth, in October.  Next to God, these are the most important relationships in my life.  The rest of my resume pales in comparison.  I am blessed to have such a wonderful family.  That holds especially true for Susan.  I would not be the person I am without her presence in my life.

In regard to myself, I was born and raised in McCook, Nebraska, where my mother continues to live.  I have degrees from McCook Community College, Kearney State College, the University of
Nebraska – Lincoln, and Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO.  I’ve been a high school teacher and guidance counselor, a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, and a few other things along the way.  I am coming to you from First UMC in Holdrege and have also served churches in Syracuse, Unadilla, Exeter, and McCool Junction, Nebraska.  When I can find the time, I love to play with my grandkids, read, play my guitar, work in the garden, and do

So…that’s a little about me.  I look forward to serving you, hearing your stories, and learning about your journeys.  As Easter people, we are reminded that new beginnings, resurrections, are
exciting and rich.  My prayer is that so it shall be.  May our time
together be Spirit led and full of God’s grace. 

Peace and Blessings…


Sondra Buell
Director of Education

Dawn Schomaker

Administrative Director


I was born and raised on a diversified farm west of Blair, Nebraska.  My parents, Harald and Rhoda Schjodt, taught me and 7 other children how to work hard on the farm, and were very active in 4-H and in their church. My dad taught me how to keep God first in my life by having daily devotions.

            I attended Dana College in Blair where I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education/Special Education. I taught in the public schools for fourteen years before serving as the full-time Director of Children's Ministries at Liberty UMC in Liberty, MO. Currently, along with my part-time job as Director of Christian Education here at FUMC in Waverly, I am job-sharing at the Conestoga Public School in the Special Education Department. I find time for my hobbies of tatting, growing violets, and raising canaries and pure-bred mini-rex rabbits.

I am married to Mark Buell, who is an Industrial Technology teacher at Beveridge Middle School in Omaha. Mark and I have two grown children; Dustin Buell, who is Student Ministries Leader at Chillicothe United Methodist Church in Chillicothe, MO and Heidi Buell, who is a full time Missionary Disciple to Honduras. 

            After living and working in the Kansas City area for 22 years, Mark and I are excited to be back "home" in Nebraska living on the Buell farm, homesteaded in 1869.  


Veranda Johnson

Youth Director

Reverend Jeff Adams

Senior Pastor


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  I have been the Director of Sanctuary Choir for over 40 years! I also direct the Celebration Ringers and Praise Team. I still enjoy all of them!

          Roger Mandago has been my husband for 45 years, and we have three children. Kevin and wife, Shalla, live in Lincoln and own "Greta's Gourmet - Lincoln's Caterer", named after their daughter, Greta. Brian and wife, Zayani, live in Atlanta, GA with their two kids, Lunden and Layla. Tiffany lives in Lincoln and is a daycare teacher at A+ Academy. She has two children, Adelaide (Addy) and Brayden.

          First UMC has been a wonderful church family since 1971. Although we lived in rural Waverly for many years, Roger and I are now residents of Lincoln.

           I have been the organist and director of children's choirs at FUMC for more than thirty years.  My oldest daughter, Julie and son-in-law, Tony, live in Bethesda, MD. My son and wife, Tim and Melissa, live in St. Louis.  My daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Nate, are the parents of two children, and live in Iowa.

Dianne Witmer