The Rev. Dr. Asa Lee serves as president and professor of theological formation for ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, a position he has held since 2021. Before coming to Pittsburgh, he served for eight years at Wesley Theological Seminary—first as assistant director of programs for the church leadership center, then as associate dean for community life, director of African American Church Studies, and (in his final year) vice president for campus administration. During this same span, he served for 10 years as assistant pastor and minister of Christian education for Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Arlington, Va., and he was previously the minister of worship and arts for St. John Baptist Church in Columbia, Md. Dr. Lee holds membership in the American Academy of Religion, the Religious Education Association, and the Association of Leadership Educators, and he is the acting president of the FaithJustice Foundation. He holds degrees from Virginia Theological Seminary, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Hampton University. Dr. Lee is an ordained minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention.
The Rev. Dr. Asa Lee was born in Suffolk, England, and is the product of a loving home where his mother and grandmother instilled in him the values of pride and integrity that are guiding him through his life and ministry. Dr. Lee now carries those values, along with years of experience in theological education leadership, into his role as president and professor of theological formation for ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Dr. Lee was licensed by the Faith Shepherd Baptist Church of Washington, D.C., and ordained by the Mount Olive Baptist Church of Arlington, Va., where for 10 years he was assistant pastor and minister of Christian education. He most recently served as vice president for campus administration and director of African American church studies at Wesley Theological Seminary. In these roles, he was responsible for the programmatic, academic, and spiritual life of seminary students; in addition, he oversaw important academic and vocational partnerships and coordinated the seminary’s partnerships with African American faith communities across the country.
His approach to leadership has always been one that fosters extensive collaboration, grounded in shared convictions and theological reflection. “I’m excited to lead Pittsburgh Seminary into a rediscovery of its core strengths as a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),” he explains. “We will also take advantage of new opportunities on the horizons of theological education that will provide a model for the spiritual formation of students preparing for pastoral ministry.”
As an educator, he has served in classrooms in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, working on the faculty of Northern Virginia Community College and Wesley Seminary. Throughout his career, Dr. Lee has taught courses in religious studies, religious formation, Christian formation, preaching, and church leadership. Some of his recent seminary teaching has focused on African American contextual theology, and he has pioneered continuing education initiatives to help educate practicing clergy on the important connection between theological mission and community engagement.
Dr. Lee, who began his work at Pittsburgh Seminary in June of 2021, is married to the Rev. Chenda Innis Lee, an ordained United Methodist elder. Together, they have four daughters.