New Trustees

Posted: Sep 09, 2016

Lancaster residents Shayna J. Watson, MDiv '12, and Carol T. Pyfer are the newest members of the Seminary's Board of Trustees. Watson (pictured) will serve a three-year term, Pyfer will serve a one-year term and will chair the Advancement Committee. The Board also honored two former members, Margaret “Sandy” Cross of Lancaster, Pa., and Marjorie Riley Lohnes of Westminster, Md., by naming them as lifetime trustees emeritae.

Dr. Richard A. Kratz, Lancaster Seminary Board of Trustees chair, said, “We welcome Shayna and Carol 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 honor Sandy and Marjorie for their longstanding service to Lancaster Seminary as advocates and generous supporters.”

Shayna J. Watson, trustee, three-year term

Watson received a Master of Divinity degree from Lancaster Seminary in 2012. A member of Saint James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, she is a chaplain at both Hospice & Community Care and Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. She is Lancaster Seminary adjunct instructor of Introduction to Preaching, a member of the Lancaster Public Library board of directors, and a member of the executive committee of the Lancaster NAACP. She has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Africana Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

Carol T. Pyfer, trustee, one-year term

Pyfer had served for 14 years as a Lancaster Seminary trustee including Board chair. She was honored as a trustee emerita for her commendable service. A speech-language pathologist with degrees from Baylor University and Vanderbilt University, she has worked in her profession in Texas, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania, including at the S. June Smith Center in Lancaster. She is a member of First United Methodist Church in Lancaster. Her many volunteer activities have included leadership roles on behalf of the American Association of University Women, Junior League of Lancaster, Fulton Theatre, Samaritan Counseling Center, and YWCA of Lancaster.

Margaret “Sandy” Cross, trustee emerita

Cross served for six years as a Lancaster Seminary Board member and chair of the Advancement Committee. With her husband, Gary Cross, she has led the Seminary’s participation in the Lancaster County Foundation’s Extraordinary Give campaign since 2013. The Pennsylvania Association of Fundraising Professionals honored the couple as Volunteer Fundraisers of 2013.  

Marjorie Riley Lohnes, trustee emerita

Lohnes is a lifelong member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Westminster, Md. She served nine-and-a-half years as a Lancaster Seminary trustee. An advocate for Seminary enrollment and fundraising, she has chaired both the Education and Student Life Committee and the Trustee Leadership Committee.