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.



Position Description: Seeking part-time accompanist, capable of accompanying choral singing on the piano for one Sunday morning church service and one week night adult choir rehearsal. Piano proficiency required. Organ proficiency would be a benefit for congregational accompaniment.  Steinway upright piano and Rogers York 650 two manual electronic organ. Both instruments are in good condition, and the piano has regularly been kept in tune. Compensation $150-$225 per week, with additional compensation for holiday services or extra rehearsal times. Weddings and funeral compensation would be set by the accompanist in consultation with the Session of the church. Two weeks paid vacation per year. Interested candidates should submit a resume to Pastor Kerra English at Ashland Presbyterian is an equal opportunity employer and LGBTQ welcoming. 

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!

Patricia Higgins

Lay Pastor Intern