Asa J. Lee Has Been Appointed President of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

The board of directors of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary has selected Asa J. Lee as the next president of the seminary. He will assume his new role on June 7.

The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary enrolls about 200 students, all in graduate programs. African Americans make up 21 percent of the student body, according to the most recent data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Lee currently serves as vice president for campus administration, associate dean for community life, and director of African American studies at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Prior to his time at Wesley, Dr. Lee was licensed by the Faith Shepherd Baptist Church of Washington, D.C., and ordained by the Mount Olive Baptist Church of Arlington, Virginia., where he served for 10 years as the assistant pastor and minister of Christian education.

“I’m excited to lead Pittsburgh Seminary into a rediscovery of its core strengths as a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and to take advantage of new opportunities on the horizons of theological education that will provide a model for theological preparation and spiritual formation to prepare students for pastoral ministry,” said Dr. Lee.

Dr. Lee is a graduate of Hampton University in Virginia, where he majored in music education. He holds a master of divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and a doctorate in ministry from Virginia Theological Seminary.


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    Dr. Lee,

    Congratulations on your new appointment and let me welcome you to Pittsburgh. Rev Benita Lewis informed me of your appointment and suggested we reach out to one another. I work in DCA and commute back and forth to my home in Pittsburgh.
    Looking forward to hearing from you and again Congratulations.


    Ernestine Watts-Taylor

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