Following Christ, the Head of the Church

Church Staff

Kerra Becker English


The Reverend Kerra Becker English 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.

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 graduate of Randolph-Macon College where he completed his music major, and was part of the music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon. Austin is also a member of the American Guild of Organists. In Fall 2020, he continues to deepen his Christian education at Union Presbyterian Seminary. 

Susan Vitale

Administrative Assistant

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!

Austin Wachsmuth

Seminary Intern

It is a joy to be your Christian education intern this year! I’m a lifelong resident of Hanover County, and I have studied music since childhood. In 2017, I was hired as your organist. I am pursuing the Master of Arts in Christian Education at Union Presbyterian Seminary. I know that previous interns have shared some fun facts or favorites. Here are some of mine: my favorite color is yellow, I love English literature, and one of my favorite passages of Scripture is Psalm 84: 5-12.