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2023 Alvera Mickelsen Memorial Scholarship Winners

CBE International is proud to support the education and ministry of Jocelyn Moore, Malorri Seamon, and Nicole Kelly Vickey!

Jocelyn MooreJocelyn Moore

Jocelyn is a third year student at Palmer Theological Seminary pursuing a Masters  in Theological Studies. She is a member of New Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, in Mays Landing, New Jersey, where she serves as an ordained minister and the youth ministry director. Jocelyn also works full time at an educational nonprofit, where she leads the team toward improving culture and setting strategy. In addition, Jocelyn works part time as a DEI facilitator, supporting organizations on their journey toward greater anti-racism and equity. Jocelyn’s favorite verse is Ephesians 4:1, “I urge you, therefore, to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.” Each phase and sphere of her life has been guided by this challenge to boldly say “yes” to God’s calling. Even when the “how” was unclear, God has provided. Receiving the AMMS award is just another example of God’s divine provision, and another opportunity for Jocelyn to continue to “lead a life worthy of [her] calling.”

Malorri Seamon

Malorri Seamon

Malorri Seamon is pursuing a Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. She is incredibly grateful that even before attending church, her parents raised her to pursue any field without hesitation as a woman. From this foundation, she experienced a call to ministry as a high school junior — shifting her plans from building structures as an architect to building people as a pastor. The incredible witness of her female youth pastor Selena Freeman, whose gifts demonstrated the clear call of God, opened the door of possibility for her own calling. While attending MidAmerica Nazarene University to study youth and family ministry and graphic design, she was hired as the pastor to middle school students at the church where she interned. She empowered mid-puberty teenagers as well as youth volunteers to serve Jesus with their unique gifts and assisted them in discovering those gifts. Following this assignment, she served as co-lead pastor in Kea’au, Hawai’i. Where she was the church’s first female pastor. Now, she’s moving back to the mainland to answer God’s next calling on her life. Receiving the AMMS award not only helps immensely financially but reminds Malorri of the call to continually break barriers and address the unique gaps and gifts female clergy bring to the table alongside male colleagues. From serving in an area at the center of her denomination, to the outer edges, and now back again, she is grateful for the wonderful perspective this has given. Malorri says, “This scholarship is one more piece of that journey for which I am extremely thankful.”

Nicole Kelly Vickey

Nicole Kelly Vickey

Nicole Kelly Vickey is a second year MDiv hybrid student at Duke Divinity School. Raised in the Catholic Church, it took years for Nicole to reconcile her calling with her denomination’s lack of affirmation for the ordination of women. Prior to beginning seminary, she served as a pastor for three years at Envision Community Church, a progressive and non-denominational church in Longmont, Colorado. She has also worked in disaster ministry through the United Methodist Committee, as well as served in a variety of lay ministry roles throughout her adult life. After much discernment and denominational exploration, she is delighted to be early in the process of being considered for ordination within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is currently serving as a ministerial intern at Cairn Christian Church in Lafayette, Colorado. Nicole has a passion for preaching and teaching on topics related to biblical equity including the learnings that can be taken from the narratives of female characters included, but often overlooked, in Scripture. She also has a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment and spent a long first career working for The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. Her years spent in a male-dominated science field provided many transferable lessons to her second career in ministry. She lives in Boulder County, Colorado with her husband, Jesse, their two children, and their beloved bulldog, Grace.

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