Five New Trustees, 1 Emerita Installed

Posted: Nov 02, 2015

Lancaster Theological Seminary Board of Trustees installed five new trustees at its October meeting, bringing the number of trustees to 22. The Board also honored former trustee Sadie High with the designation of Trustee Emerita.

The new trustees are Samuel A. Brackeen, III of Laverock, Pa.; Rev. Monica Dawkins-Smith of State College, Pa.; Martha L. Harris of Lancaster, Pa.; Rev. Harry F. Knox, II of Silver Spring, Md.; John N. Snader of Ephrata, Pa. 

Lancaster Seminary Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Richard A. Kratz said, “We welcome these five accomplished individuals who will share their expertise in support of our mission to educate and nurture leaders to join in God’s redemptive and liberating work so that all creation may flourish. In addition, we are delighted to honor Sadie High for her outstanding service to Lancaster Seminary as an advocate, strategist, and generous supporter.”

Samuel A. Brackeen, III, trustee
Mr. Brackeen of Laverock is vice moderator of Penn Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ. He provides consulting services in management and operations to several urban churches. A retired civil engineer, he held management posts at Philadelphia Electric Co. and Aetna.


Rev. Monica Dawkins-Smith, trustee
Rev. Dawkins-Smith of State College, a 2007 graduate of Lancaster Seminary, is pastor of Faith United Church of Christ in State College. She is currently a candidate in the Doctor of Ministry program at Lancaster Seminary. She has served in ministerial roles at a number of churches and on the Board of Directors of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ. Prior to her ministry, she held management positions in the pharmaceutical and financial sectors


Martha L. Harris, trustee
Ms. Harris of Lancaster is CEO of YWCA Lancaster, and founder of Fizika Group LLC, a Lancaster-based firm that helps educators engage learners through physical movement and creative play. Previously she co-founded InnerLink, Inc., a developer of web-based health and wellness programs for schools, and held public and private positions in international trade, and economic and workforce development. She is senior warden at St. James Episcopal Church, Lancaster.


Sadie High, trustee emerita
Ms. High of Lancaster served for 12 years as a Lancaster Theological Seminary trustee, rotating off the Board in April 2014. Lancaster Seminary greatly benefitted from her professional background in organizational management, human resources, and fundraising. She began her involvement with Lancaster Seminary in the classroom, taking courses in order to, as she says, “know God in a deeper, more meaningful way.”


Rev. Harry F. Knox, II, trustee
Rev. Knox of Silver Spring, a 1989 graduate of Lancaster Seminary, is president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice in Washington, D.C. Previously he was founding director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program, program director at Freedom to Marry, and executive director of Georgia Equality. He was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. 


John N. Snader, trustee
Mr. Snader of Ephrata is president and CEO of Brethren Village, a faith-based continuing care retirement community in Lancaster. Previously he was senior vice president for customer experience and vice president for ancillary services at Ephrata Community Hospital. Before that he directed private banking and asset management services at Fulton Financial Corp. Mr. Snader is on the adjunct faculty at St. Joseph’s University in the graduate program’s Department of Health Administration.