Rev. Kimberly Secrist Ashby
The Reverend Kimberly Secrist Ashby began serving with us in August, 2011, and recently celebrated 19 years as an ordained pastor. She and her two daughters enjoy being part of the Fallston/Bel Air community! Pastor Kimberly has served as a solo pastor for many years, but has also focused on Christian Education, children’s and youth ministry, and Hispanic ministry. She speaks Spanish as her second language. Her passion is in helping each person grow in his or her faith, and empowering families to connect with God on a daily basis. Education and mission are perfect tools through which to meet these goals!
In her spare time, Pastor Kimberly enjoys gardening, cooking, baking, reading, and traveling. She also serves as part of the Center for Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations Training, which provides training for clergy and other faith-based leaders. Her educational background includes a Bachelors degree in Spanish, a Masters degree in Education, both from Vanderbilt University, and a Masters degree in Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary.
From the Pastor:
"As I serve Fallston Presbyterian Church, I want us to be real about our faith and our lives. There is a lot that happens in life that’s outside of our hopes and dreams. There is a lot that happens in life that disappoints and scares us. Still, our God is bigger than all of this, and it is God to whom we turn in good times and bad. It is God who can receive our tears and praises, our doubts and promises. It is God who loves us beyond what we can imagine.
We seek to foster a welcoming community here, a place where each of us can grow in our relationship with God and each other, a place where we can be open about our joys and sorrows. From the preschool to the seniors’ group, KIDS SOAR to the mission work at the shelter, Fallston Presbyterian seeks to serve God and others, and to involve all of us in developing our gifts so we can give them away!
The meaning at the heart of each of our lives is found in being face to face with God who loves us, and then using who we are through God to make a difference in our world. We commit to live into this each and every day.
Linda grew up here in the Baltimore area, She spent 16 years living in Myrtle Beach, but a few years back returned to live in Fallston. She and her husband have 5 grown children. She loves to travel and read.
Linda loves children and has worked as a substitute Pre-K teacher and daycare provider She has extensive background working in the office as part of several small businesses. She is versatile and organized, and brings a welcome smile to everyone who is part of our church and Pre-K community.
An accomplished international performer, Chinese pianist Tian Lu has appeared as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout Asia, the United States, Europe, and South America. She has made numerous guest appearances with many orchestras across the world. She and her husband, also a highly accomplished musician, have two children. Tian is passionate about music of all kinds, and hopes to encourage members and friends of the congregation who have musical skills to participate in worship using their gifts.
Kelly joins our staff May, 2019!