Meet Alumni/ae Council Members Class of 2019


EMERSON COTTRELL, MDiv ‘13, ordained as Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, is pastor of Historic St. Paul AME Church, Coatesville. He graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and has an Associate Degree in Electrical Technology from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology where he works part time as a student advocate and mentor. He also is a journeyman electrician. He served Bethel AME Church Lancaster for many years as a ministerial team member, trustee, and teacher, among other roles. His many awards include Lancaster Seminary’s Frederick Schaeffer Prize in Church & Community for excellence in the field of Religion & Society.

JOHN FUREMAN, MDiv ’74/DMin ’94, retired as Chaplain at Phoebe Berks Village and Health Care Center in Wernersville, Pa. in 2014. He currently serves as Past-President of the Pennsylvania Society of Chaplains. As an ordained minister in the UCC, John had served as associate pastor of Immanuel UCC in Shillington, Pa. and St. John's UCC in Red Lion, Pa. John was the 2007 recipient of the Robert V. Moss Award for distinguished service in specialized ministry.

JOCELYN McKEON, MDiv ’14, is an Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department at Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore. She has a B.S. in Chemistry from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from North Carolina State University. For the past three years she has attended services at Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson, Maryland, where she regularly facilitates adult forum discussions. Jocelyn and her partner live in the White Marsh area in Baltimore County.

LAVETTE PAIGE, MDiv ’00 /DMin ’11, is co-teaching Developing Leaders in our MDiv program. She pursued her call to ministry while working as a research analyst in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She recently retired as senior pastor of Martin Luther King Baptist Church, Harrisburg. Based on her DMin project, she wrote Mission on the Block, describing how a church can make a difference in the lives of those in need in the neighborhood. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches, and the Executive Committee for the American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania. She received the 2016 Allan S. Meck Award for distinguished service in pastoral ministry. 

LOU VETRI, MDiv ’14, is pastor of Trinity UCC, Rehrersburg, Pa. He graduated from Alvernia College and has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia. He grew up as a Catholic in South Philly, came to seminary as a Lutheran and left as an engaged member of the UCC. His professional life has been spent dealing with issues plaguing families and neighborhoods including domestic violence, addiction, and forms of oppression including racial, ethnic, religious, and gender. He also has worked as a caterer and family business coach.