Reverend Asa L. Bell, Jr. has served as the senior pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church since 2006. Prior to accepting the call to shepherd the Pleasant Grove family, Pastor Bell served as the Assistant to the Pastor and as a member of the Board of Directors of Redeeming Love Baptist Church in Raleigh NC.
Pastor Bell attended Anson County public schools in Wadesboro where he graduated with honors. He then matriculated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration, and Juris Doctor degrees.
He has completed additional studies at Wake Forest University and the Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, NC. Pastor Bell is a partner in the Raleigh law firm of Bell & Vincent-Pope where his practice focuses on civil litigation, including serious automobile accident cases and medical malpractice. Recognized by his peers in the publication Best Lawyers in America, Pastor Bell has served on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the Board of Directors for the NC Justice Center, and previously served as the president of the N.C. Association of Black Lawyers.
Pastor Bell is a frequent lecturer for the American Association for Justice where he speaks nationally, the N.C. Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers.
Pastor Bell is married to the former Angela Ross, and they have two beautiful children: a son, Asa,III and a daughter, Allison Christina.