Our Staff

   Reverend 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 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 is also available for conducting weddings at Ashland Presbyterian Church and in the greater metro-Richmond area. Presbyterian Church (USA) policy allows for her to perform same-sex marriages, and as such, Pastor Kerra welcomes you to plan your wedding with her regardless of the religious preferences (interfaith) or identities of the partners (LGBT folks welcome).

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 more than 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.

Jay Morgan

Seminary Intern

Jay is a final-level student at Union Presbyterian Seminary. He joined us in September 2019. Jay is passionate about listening to our unique stories and the power that comes from being honest about the messiness of life. He is pictured with his fiancé Rebecca and dog Sully.

Elected Officers

Session (Elders)

(Moderator of the Session – Kerra Becker English)

Stewardship/Finance – Michael Raymond

Buildings and Grounds – Pete Shinnamon

Outreach – vacant

Christian Education – Joann Winegardner

Worship – Sherri Carneal

Congregational Care – Kathy Basilio

Clerk of the Session – Roger Cole

Co-Treasurers – Drew Moncol & Michael Raymond

Presbyterian Women

Moderator – Debbie Moncol

Secretary – Delores Dunn

Treasurer – Linda Allison