Priest, Scholar, Pastor Elected Trustees

Posted: Oct 15, 2018

The Lancaster Theological Seminary Board of Trustees elected The Reverend Canon Betsy S. Ivey of Philadelphia, Messiah College Professor Emerson B. Powery, Ph.D., and Reverend J. Matthew Deal of Friedens, Pa., to serve three-year terms as trustees beginning October 2018. 

Rev. Ivey is one of two Canons for Growth and Support for the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. She answered the call to ministry before retiring in 2010 as assistant director of the fraud investigation office of the Pennsylvania Office of the Inspector General. She received a Master of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2012 and a Master of Sacred Theology in 2013 from General Seminary in New York City. In 2015, she became the first African-American woman to be ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. She served congregations in Shippensburg and South Philadelphia before joining the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania in 2017.

Dr. Powery is Professor of Biblical Studies at Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, Pa. A distinguished Biblical scholar, he is known for his study of how the Bible functions as scripture, especially in under-represented communities. He is author of Jesus Reads Scripture; True to Our Native Land: An African American NT Commentary; and co-author of The Genesis of Liberation: Biblical Interpretation in the Antebellum Narratives of the Enslaved. He is co-chair of the Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom section of the Society of Biblical Literature, and former Coordinator of Ethnic and Area Studies at Messiah College. He received a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1992 and a PhD in New Testament from Duke University.

Rev. Deal of Friedens, Pa., earned a Master of Divinity from Lancaster Seminary in 2005. He is pastor of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Somerset, Pa., and he is a member of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative of the UCC Pension Boards.