Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Rev. Dr. Keith Braucher

Head Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Keith Braucher became Lead Pastor of Stewartstown United Methodist Church July 1 of 2017. He believes everyone needs to know that God created them, knows them personally, loves them unconditionally, forgives them totally, and wants them to live joyful, creative and purposeful lives. He believes that this is only accomplished when God’s love for us is lived out in our relationships. That the Church is to be the hands and feet of the risen Christ to bring God’s new reality into every part of our lives, and our communities both locally and globally. This is only possible through Christ’s self-sacrificial love for us and in lives deeply rooted in God.

Pastor Keith has served in full-time ordained ministry since 1981. He has served several congregations in the Susquehanna Conference as full-time or interim pastor, as college chaplain of York College, PA, as Pastoral Counselor in private practice, as founding Executive Director of a multiple sites pastoral counseling agency and as congregational consultant and conflict resolution specialist. Keith is also a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and has held a number of national offices. For the past 13 years, Keith has served at Hempfield United Methodist Church, Lancaster, as Community Life Pastor. Keith holds a B.A. from Messiah College, Grantham PA, with a double major in Bible and Behavioral Science, and an M.Div. with honors from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C. After receiving his Doctorate in Pastoral Psychotherapy from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston IL and the Institute for Pastoral Psychotherapy, Vienna VA he served in the Extension Ministry of Pastoral Counseling both as a counselor and as the founding director of the Pastoral Counseling and Care Ministries, Annapolis/Baltimore.

Keith enjoys being outdoors, cooking and great food, music, and dancing of all types. He and Marsha have been married since 1988. Marsha is a Registered Nurse working in IT with EPIC for Wellspan. They have a daughter Allison who is now in Long Beach, CA.

Rev. David E. McDowell

Associate in Ministry, Music and Arts

Pastor David McDowell has been on staff at SUMC since 1980 serving as director of youth ministries from 1984-1995 and from 1995-present as Music Pastor.  He was raised in Stewartstown before he went on to Lebanon Valley College where he earned a degree in music education.  He earned a masters degree from the University of Southern California as well as completing his studies at Fuller and Lancaster Theological Seminaries.  He was ordained as a deacon in 1999.
Besides rooting for any team from the city of Pittsburgh or for the USC Trojans, he enjoys many outdoor activities such as skiing, volleyball, and biking.  He also likes to build things although he will never build a house again!
His call to ministry is to help others grow in the grace of Christ and to allow others to help him do the same.  Aside from his commitment to following Jesus, his main goal in life is to keep his lower windows clean despite the presence of two beautiful dogs.

Sandra J. Pietrowicz

Director of Children's Ministries

Sandy Pietrowicz has worked with children’s camps, choirs, ministry, and music instructions for many years.  She holds a BA in Music Performance and has directed our children’s Spark Choir since 2009.  She began leading our Children’s Ministry in the Spring of 2016.
Sandy trusts in God’s leading and strives to develop a partnership in ministry with the parents of the children who come to grow with us spiritually.  She is also committed to maintaining our Safe Sanctuary policies to create a fun, wholesome, and safe environment for our children led by caring and faithful adult leadership.

Jason Weirich

Director of Student Ministries

Jason joined the staff of SUMC in June 2019 as the Director of Student Ministries.  As an undergraduate, he attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministries.  Feeling called to continue his education, he completed a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation from Northwest Nazarene University in 2008.  Since college, Jason has worked in both ministry and mental health settings where he gained experiences and a variety of perspectives from the relationships that he’s built along the way.
Jason is married to his beautiful wife, Stephanie, and they have two awesome children, Mackenzie (8) and Michael(15 months).  Aside from his family, he enjoys blogging, sports, drinking way too much coffee, and reading.  He and his family feel blessed to be able to serve the youth and their families of this wonderful congregation.

Connie Zetterman

Administrative Secretary

Connie Zetterman is a member of Stewartstown UMC and joined the staff in July 2009.  She lives in Stewartstown with her husband, Charlie.  She enjoys the diversity that each day brings in the life of the church and is blessed to be about to assist with the various programs throughout the year.  Connie has a daughter, Allison and son, Ehren. 

Susan Herbert

Church Administration

Susan has joined the volunteer staff at Stewartstown UMC and is responsible for all financial matters.

Janice Bosley

Church Administration

Susan has joined the volunteer staff at Stewartstown UMC and is responsible for all Safe Sanctuary Compliance.

Gary Schwinn

Church Sexton

Mr. Schwinn was born in Baltimore, MD.  He resided in Essex and Middle River, MD until May 2010 when he moved to Stewartstown.  Gary retired from the United States Air Force in December 2012 after 37 years of military service.  Gary and Denna have been married for 36 years and have two children.  Gary has 3 grandchildren and is expecting a 4th grandchild in November.  Gary enjoys playing with his grandchildren, hunting, fishing, metal detecting, woodworking, motorcycle riding, playing guitar and song writing.  Gary enjoys his part time employment at SUMC and loves being around people that are working in the many ministries of the church.  Gary’s life verse in Philippians 4:13.