The Rev. Asa Couslon, Priest in Charge

Father Asa  joined Grace Church  Nutley as priest in charge, Jan 2024. Prior to Grace Church Nutley he served as an Assistant Priest at Grace Church in Madison, NJ since the summer of 2019.  His earlier ministry includes chaplain ministry at the Hospice and Community Care Inpatient Center and as a group grief counselor/facilitator at the Pathways Center for Grief and Loss, both in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania.


Father Asa earned his Master of Divinity degree with honors in 2016 from the Lancaster Theological Seminary. As part of his discernment for Holy Orders, he also completed a postgraduate program in Anglican Studies at the Bexley Seabury Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, in 2018. Following seminary, he completed a two-year Clinical Pastoral Education internship and residency program at the Penn State College of Medicine and Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Father Asa is currently a doctoral student at Drew University in the writing and research phase; focusing his dissertation project on Spirituality and Sacraments. Prior to seminary, Father Asa worked as an executive with the May Department Stores Company (now MACY*S) in Saint Louis, Missouri, and then as the Regional Director of Sales and Stores for the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tennessee.


Father Asa is an Associate with the Anglican Monastic Order of the Holy Cross, a member of the Society of Catholic Priests, and the Society of Scholar Priests. He is drawn to experience, teach, and help others discover the joy of spiritual practices and formation. Father Asa is a soccer fan, cheering for the Philadelphia Union, to the dismay of the Red Bull’s fans in the parish. Father Asa has a  10 year old vizsla named Asher Dominic. Keep up with Asa and Asher on Twitter and Instagram by following @KingAsa (a college nickname). Contact:

Randall Svane, Organist and Choir Director

Randy has served at Grace Church Nutley since 2016.  Prior to Grace Church, he served in various Episcopal churches, including Calvary Church Summit and Saint Luke’s Church Gladstone.  Randy also taught choral music for many years at the Newark Boys Chorus School, Kent Place School, and most recently Montclair Kimberley Academy.  

The choir at Grace Church is a warm and welcoming community of sixteen.  College vocal students sing on a regular basis with older adults in the group, creating a lively atmosphere at every rehearsal.  The choir performs for major church holy days, most Sundays throughout the year, and occasional Choral Evensongs.

In addition to his church music career, Randy is active as a composer with choral and instrumental works published by E.C. Schirmer, Paraclete Press, and Encore Publications.

On most days, Randy can be found at the organ along with his loyal four-legged fan, Scout. 

Randy resides with his wife in Montclair.

Additional information is available on his website:

Osh Khoblall, Financial Administrator

Patricia McNamara, Office Manager



Sheryl Pancaro, Warden

Wayne Ruben, Warden


David Barylski

Sandy Bianchi

Michael Dolan

Lee Gilbert, clerk

Kevin Haszko

Wendy Medaska

Don Nocerino

Michael Peters

Simone Plass

Kristin Rothenberger

Thomas Simons

Donna Stratigis



Jim Hasselbrook



Sunday School and Youth Group

Joan Skorupski

Altar Guild Co-Chairs

Phyllis Wilson, Maryann Fischer


ECW Chair

Lillian Fen

Mon Hinman 

Flower Guild Chair

Mon Hinman

Diocesan Convention 2024

Simone Plass

Sheryl Pancaro

Alternate to Convention

Wayne Ruben