Rev. Jo Ramsey

Pastor Jo believe’s East Union is a great place to serve God because…

East Union is truly a family of faith. James and I, along with our children Ben and Fiona, consider it a great blessing to worship and serve at East Union. We love being part of such a dynamic, active faith community. From worship to mission to outreach, there is always something happening at here. Our Community Center, playground, gardens, pavilion, ball field and extensive grounds are filled with people every day of the week.
Everyone is welcome at East Union, no matter where they find themselves on their faith journey. Children and youth feel at home here, and are involved in the life and ministry of the church. Our worship services are vibrant, diverse and dynamic. We find our common ground in mission and service.
Our East Union logo features a cross-compass because we seek to help people discover their direction as they seek to follow Christ. I’m honored to be on the journey at East Union!


Pastor Jo’s background...

Mary Josephine Ramsey

Minister of Word & Sacrament, Ordination Date ~ September 2003


Masters of Divinity, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA * May 1999 * 4.0/4.0
Family Ministries Field Placement * Fourth Presbyterian Church, Washington, PA
Pastoral Care Field Placement * Magee-Women’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
Honors Thesis: “Treasures of Darkness: Depression & the Spiritual Journey”
Faculty Research Assistant * Old Testament Department

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, American University, Washington, DC * May 1989 * Magna Cum Laude
Clinical Pastoral Education * The Medical Center, Beaver, PA
Addiction Casework Intern * Drug & Alcohol Services of Beaver County, Midland, PA
Resident Advisor & Crisis Hotline Supervisor * Residential Life & Student Counseling Center
Teaching Assistant * Psychology Department

Baccalaureate, Beaver High School, Beaver, PA * June 1985 * Highest Honors

P R O F E S S I O N A L  B A C K G R O U N D

Director of Children’s Worship * East Union Presbyterian Church, Cheswick, PA * 2007-2015
Chaplain * Magee-Women’s Hospital, Pittsburgh PA * Periodic 1997-2005
Teen Parenting Program Director * Cornell Cooperative Extension, Watertown, NY * 1993-1996
Medical Social Worker * Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, NY * 1991-1993
Legal Advocate * Women’s Center & Shelter, Pittsburgh, PA * 1989-1990

A C H I E V E M E N T S  &  A W A R D S

Pittsburgh Seminary:
Sylvester S. Marvin Memorial Fellowship (Highest standard achieved in all curriculum departments)
Thomas Jamison Scholarship (Highest GPA)
John Watson Prize in New Testament
Walter P. & Anna L. McConkey Award in Homiletics (Preaching)
Alice Myers Sigler Memorial Prize in History & Theology
James Purdy Academic Scholarship
Faggs Manor Presbyterian Church Honors Scholarship;

Cornell University:
Award for Outstanding Employee Performance

American University:
Bruce Hughes Award for Outstanding Service & Mature Leadership, Presidential Scholar
University Honors with HIgh Distinction, Phi Kappa Phi. Psi Chi, Mortar Board
Omicron Delta Kappa, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
Bell Scholarship, Junior League Leadership Scholarship