Our Staff

   Reverend Kerra Becker English

Kerra New

Pastor Kerra Becker English

The Reverend Kerra Becker English, our pastor, has brought fresh and imaginative approaches to worship as well as infectious enthusiasm to our planning process. She joined our church as pastor in June, 2012.

Pastor Kerra received her master of divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in 1996. She has also received her certification in Spiritual Guidance from the RUAH School of Spiritual Direction and currently offers spiritual guidance to on an individual basis.

Before becoming Ashland Presbyterian Church’s pastor, she served as pastor of churches in Altoona, Pennsylvania and Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Kerra’s husband, Chuck, son Cade and daughter Ryleigh are part of our church family as well.

Kerra Family

Pastor Kerra English greets a congregational member on Easter Sunday. Kerra is flanked by her son Cade, husband Chuck and daughter Ryleigh.

Susan New

Susan Vitale

Secretary and Treasurer

Susan is an indispensable whirlwind, handling people, phone calls and paperwork with warmth, efficiency and aplomb.  She’s been with us for over twenty years and we really couldn’t “get it all done” without her!


Karla Bloom

Music Director

Karla has been with us for 20 years.  Karla has brought both artistry and imagination to our music program, as well as a remarkable ability to bring out the highest level of talent from each choir member. Her Bachelor of Science & Arts degree in musical education is from C.W. Post College. Karla serves, also, as conductor of the Hanover Concert Band.

Austin Wachsmuth


Austin joined the Ashland Presbyterian Church family in November 2017. He is a student at Randolph-Macon College where he is a music major and a member of the  concert choir. He is part of the music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon, and he accompanies the Intonation Choir which is part of that fraternity. Austin is also a member of the American Guild of Organists.

Elected Officers

Session (Elders)

(Moderator of the Session – Kerra Becker English)

Stewardship/Finance – Drew Moncol

Buildings and Grounds – Mike Carneal

Outreach – Delores Dunn

Christian Education – Roger Cole

Worship – Caroline Schutte

Congregational Care – Kathy Basilio

Clerk of the Session – Elizabeth Campbell

Presbyterian Women


Secretary – Delores Dunn

Treasurer – Linda Allison