B.J. Ash has been the pastor of Manistique First UMC since July 2020.

Pastor B.J. and his wife, Kelly Freberg- Ash, were both born and raised in the Upper Peninsula. They have lived in Manistique since 2015 with their two sons, Brandon and Alex. Pastor B.J. is also a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

After a successful career as an Information Technology/Information Security Analyst, he received his calling into pastoral ministry, and in 2018 completed course work to become a licensed local pastor.

Pastor B.J. is active in the local community, serving as captain of the Thompson Township Volunteer Fire Department, technical advisor for the Schoolcraft County 9-1-1 Committee, U.P. team leader for the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps (MiC3), member of the Michigan Volunteer Defense Force, member of the Manistique Lions Club, and Scout Chaplain for Cub Scout Pack 402 and Boy Scout Pack 400.

Pastor B.J.’s office hours are Monday — Friday 8 AM to 12 PM and he is off on Wednesdays.