Father Asa joined Grace Church as a priest in July, 2019 following his diaconal ministry as an Associate for Pastoral Care and Worship at Saint James Episcopal Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Along with his ministry at Saint James, He served as the chaplain at the Hospice and Community Care Inpatient Center and as a group grief counselor/facilitator at the Pathways Center for Grief and Loss, both in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania.
Father Asa earned his Master of Divinity degree with honors in 2016 from the Lancaster Theological Seminary. Then, as part of his discernment for Holy Orders, he also completed a postgraduate program in Anglican Studies at the Bexley Seabury Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, in 2018. While in seminary he served as the Pastor for Youth, Children, and English Ministry at the Harrisburg Korean Presbyterian Church. Then, following seminary, he completed a two-year Clinical Pastoral Education internship and residency program at the Penn State College of Medicine and Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Following college and prior to seminary, Father Asa worked as an executive with the May Department Stores Company (now MACY*S) in Saint Louis, Missouri, and then as the Regional Director of Sales and Stores for the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tennessee.
Father Asa is an Associate of the Monastic Order of the Holy Cross, based in West Park, New York, and is drawn to experience, teach, and help others discover the joy of spiritual practices and formation. Father Asa is a soccer fan and cheers for the Philadelphia Union, to the dismay of the Red Bull’s fans in the parish. He also is a camping and hiking enthusiast, having visited scores of locations in the National Parks System. Father Asa now resides in Madison with his canine kid, a 6 year old vizsla named Asher Dominic. You can keep up with Asa and Asher on Twitter and Instagram by following @KingAsa (a college nickname).