Rev. Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson has been the minister at First Parish Church in Beverly, Massachusetts since 2010. He holds a B.A. from Bard College and a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. Before coming to First Parish, he served as a hospital chaplain and as a part-time parish minister in Western New York State. He is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, a science fiction buff, and a vegan.
In a sermon from November 2016, he outlined a vision for the First Parish family: “We are going to stay true to our values, and help each other stay strong, even as the world around us may not, because that’s what a family does. And the strength that we have as a family isn’t just going to be for us; we’re going to be strong together, and we’re going to use that strength to help other people who need it, because that’s another thing that a family does.”
Rev. Weisman Asprooth-Jackson and his partner, Sara, were married in 2004 and have a daughter, Miriam, and a son, Mordecai. They live in Beverly where, after many vagabond years, they are happy to finally be at home.