SETH THE SERVANT KING: A Blessed Teacher / Writer/ Rapper With A Mission

Jose Angel Manaiza Jr
6 min readSep 7, 2023

SETH THE SERVANT KING: A Blessed Teacher / Writer / Rapper With A Mission

Title: “A Journey of Faith and Education: The Inspiring Story of Seth D. King”

In a world where the pursuit of knowledge and faith often seem to exist in separate realms, Seth D. King stands as a remarkable example of someone who has seamlessly woven these two threads into the tapestry of his life. With an unwavering commitment to education, ministry, and service, Seth is embarking on a journey to earn his Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (Ph.D.) degree, all while making a profound impact on the lives of others. In this exclusive interview, we delve into Seth’s extraordinary life, his mission, and the path that led him to this momentous endeavor.

A Calling to Serve and Empower

For Seth D. King, life has been a journey marked by a deep calling — a ministerial call to teach, serve, empower, heal, and liberate through God’s love and education. A seasoned educator with nearly 20 years of teaching experience, Seth has devoted his career to shaping the minds and hearts of students in Los Angeles County. Currently serving as an AP Computer Science and English Teacher at a charter school in Los Angeles, his dedication to the academic growth and personal development of his students is unwavering.

Seth’s journey into education began years ago, but it is his passion for theology and ministry that has fueled his latest endeavor. As he embarks on the path toward a Ph.D. in Theology through The Word of God International University, he is poised to deepen his understanding of faith and spirituality, equipping himself to be an even more effective teacher and minister.

A Multifaceted Life of Creativity and Leadership

Seth D. King is not your typical educator. He wears many hats with grace and conviction. He is a writer, editor, poet, public speaker, rap music artist, and entrepreneur, demonstrating his creative spirit in all facets of his life. Mr. King has completed over 100 Continuing Education Units at Landmark Education. In 2003, he founded Ascension Education, originally a publishing company, showcasing his commitment to the bring empowerment, peace, character, and education to the youth!

Seth’s dedication to teens is evident in the founding of the Youth Empowerment Peace Program (YEPP!) in 2004, a series of high school talent shows aimed at nurturing the talents and creative aspirations of young people. He also co-founded the United People for Peace (UPP!) reflecting his deep-rooted commitment to promoting peace and harmony not only locally but also internationally. His involvement in education extends beyond the classroom through the Educational Technology Leadership Academy (ETLA), a tutoring business he initiated in 2014.

Currently, Mr. King & his high school students are leading a “One World Declaration of Peace” project, originally envisioned in 2012, which now includes a tree planting field trip and a Student Community Leadership Writing Contest in which ten winning students aspire to take their petition and written community leadership work to Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass!

Mr. King serves as Public Relations & Communications Director for GreenLand Development Foundation (GDF) and their Founder Gashaw A. Tahir who led a project to plant over “One Million Trees for Peace” in Ethiopia! Their Mission is to replant forests, end world hunger, & empower communities with transformational education! Their Vision is to “Make Africa Green Again” and to replant hundreds more of our most precious Earth environments in Africa, the United States, and beyond!

A Man of Faith and Inspiration

Seth’s journey of faith and inspiration is deeply intertwined with his personal and professional experiences. He was baptized into Christ in 2006 by Dr. Joshua Smith, Founder of Loving to Learn Association, marking a pivotal moment in his spiritual journey. Seth draws inspiration from iconic figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor, and Jesuit Priest Father Greg Boyle, who have left an indelible mark on his path to Christ.

Seth’s belief in the transformative love of Jesus Christ is palpable in all that he does, driving him to continually seek ways to serve and minister to others. In 2023, Seth founded Ascension Education Association as a health, education, and social services non-profit community resource/referral agency. His current pursuit of a Ph.D. in Theology is not just a life goal, but a personal act of surrender and prayer that God’s Will, Purpose, and Vision be fulfilled and made complete in his life.

A Family United in Purpose

Behind every remarkable man, there is often an even stronger woman as a support system. Seth’s wife Trish is a Supervising Children’s Social Worker with over 18 years of experience in Los Angeles County. She experiences directly more of the tragic reality faced by many children than her husband does who knows of it more through the window of his classroom. She inspires Mr. King’s passion for making a positive impact in the lives of children, parents, and those most in need. Their marriage at the Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in 2003 reflects their shared values and commitment to service, spiritual guidance, love, and peace.

Together, Mr. King and his wife are raising two bilingual student-athlete teenagers, instilling in them the values of love, integrity, and education that define their family.

A Bright Future Ahead

As Mr. King embarks on his journey towards a Ph.D. in Theology, he is poised to make an even more significant impact on the lives of those he touches. His dedication to education, ministry, and service shines as a beacon of inspiration. We eagerly anticipate the ways in which he will continue to teach, serve, and collaborate for God’s Kingdom with love and integration for the betterment of all. In the pursuit of knowledge and faith, Seth D. King is a testament to the extraordinary possibilities that emerge when one follows their true calling while grounded in family loyalty with unwavering dedication.

BIO:

Mr. King is a Computer Science, Design Technology, & English Teacher. He currently teaches AP Computer Science and is the Technology Career Pathway Lead Teacher at New Designs Charter High School. He was a graduate of Santa Monica High School. He holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Clear Single Subject English Teaching Credential. He has a Master’s degree in Educational Technology & Leadership from Cal State Los Angeles. Mr. King just recently added a Master’s of Divinity degree from The Word of God International University. He lives with his wife and 2 kids in Los Angeles, CA.

Mr. King is a provisionally ordained minister, entrepreneur, manager, contractor. writer, editor, tutor, and consultant. He is affiliated with Loving to Learn Association as Ascension Education Association. He is the Founder of Educational Technology Leadership Academy (ETLA). ETLA is a professional educational services and consulting company. ETLA’s services include in person and distance learning tutoring for K-12 students in English, Math, Computer Science, and Technology. Additionally, Mr. King has worked as an independent consultant and contributor for many extraordinary non-profit organizations including GreenLand Development Foundation (GDF) and their “We Plant Trees for Peace” Movement as well as for the Hip Hop School of Arts (HHSA).

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Jose Angel Manaiza Jr

Known as The Tutor To The Stars from Malibu to Beverly Hills. Mr. Manaiza is knighted by the order of St John Russian Grand Priory (OSJ) in New York City.