Heath Rada announces choice for GA vice-moderator

Taps the Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia of New York City Presbytery

April 7, 2014

Larissa Kwong Abazia

The Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia, candidate for vice-moderator of the 221st General Assembly. —Courtesy of First Presbyterian Church, Forest Hills, N.Y.


General Assembly moderator candidate Heath Rada ― a ruling elder from Western North Carolina Presbytery ― has tapped the Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia, a teaching elder from New York City Presbytery as his running mate to stand for vice-moderator of the upcoming 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The Assembly runs June 14-21 in Detroit. The election is slated for the evening of the first day.

Kwong Abazia is currently serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills, a multicultural, multiethnic congregation in Queens, N.Y. She has also served as associate pastor at Lake View Presbyterian Church in Chicago, and as interim youth director at First Presbyterian Church of Manasquan, N.J.

A native of East Hanover N.J., Kwong Abazia  received her B.A. degree from Rutgers University and her M.Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She also studied at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. 

 “I believe that we need one another  to embody the fullness of the Church,” Kwong Abazia said. “Our ability to live in fellowship will define our faithfulness to God’s call to beloved community.” 

A Chinese American woman, Kwong Abazia has served as co-moderator of Racial Ethnic Young Women Together (REYWT) and during her seminary years she worked with others to help create a process which resulted in the creation of the PC(USA)’s Office of Multicultural Relations. She has also worked with “That All May Freely Serve,” Presbyterian Women’s Racial/Ethnic Dialog, the Advance Justice Committee of Chicago Presbytery, and the Youth Workers Collective in Chicago.

“Larissa is a warm, caring individual, with great intellect as a Church leader and enthusiasm for our future as a denomination. I am honored that she has agreed to stand with me on this journey,”  said Rada.

  1. Hi Larissa! I found you on the internet. What a surprise! You moved to NY. I heard from LVPC Sunday that you have breast cancer. I am so very sorry to hear about it. I wrote a little note and put it in the jar at church along with other peoples notes to you. I will pray for your well being. I have to have right hip replacement on June 10th at Northwestern Hospital. I have notified Joy, Sue, and Megan. I hope one or all can visit me after the surgery. It will be difficult. I will be in recovery and physical therapy most all of the summer. But faith in God will carry me through. Blessings to you and Dan and Jonathan. Email me. Amanda Ehrenford

    by Amanda O. Ehrenford

    May 4, 2015

  2. What a great choice. I know you make a good team for the dawning of renewed strength of our church. My prayers and support are with you. What can I do to help?

    by Rob Morrison, Pastor, Hope Pres WinterHaven Fl

    April 10, 2014

  3. Larissa, Warm congratulations! I have never been this close to a GA moderator or vice moderator. I am so happy for you and for us all! Blessings as you take on this important work for our denomination. :)

    by Alistair

    April 8, 2014