WORLD PEACE DAY WITH SETH D. KING

Jose Angel Manaiza Jr
6 min readSep 20, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

LOS ANGELES, CA On September 21, 2023 for World Peace Day, we present the story of Seth D. King.

In a world where the pursuit of knowledge and faith often seem to exist in separate realms, Seth 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, mission, and path that led to this momentous endeavor.

A Calling to Serve and Empower

For Mr. 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 him 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 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 and 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!

Seth 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, and 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 life experience. Seth owes everything first to his mom, dad, and step-mom for a deeply spiritual, conscientious, empathetic, and reflective upbringing. Although his mom and dad separated when he was 8, their love for Seth and his brothers never waivered. Seth was raised a vegetarian for his entire life because his parents were very health and nature loving people who were initiated by an Eastern Indian Guru from Radha Soami Satangi Sant Mat. Seth, however, was baptized into Jesus Christ in 2006 by Dr. Joshua Smith, Founder of Loving to Learn Association, marking a pivotal moment in his spiritual journey. Seth draws faith and inspiration from courageous leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor, and Jesuit Priest Father Gregory Boyle, who have all 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, education, and social service 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.

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For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with Mr. King, please contact:
(310) 254–4092

About Seth D. King

Mr. King celebrates his 53rd birthday on September 20, 2023

Seth D. King is a teacher, writer, poet, rapper, public speaker, and entrepreneur dedicated to education, ministry, and service. With nearly 20 years of teaching experience, he has dedicated his life to community service, education, & inspiring the minds and hearts of students in Los Angeles County. His multifaceted life’s work includes Ascension Education Association, the Youth Empowerment Peace Program (YEPP!), the United People for Peace (UPP!), and Educational Technology Leadership Academy (ETLA). Seth is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology at The Word of God International University and serves as Public Relations & Communications Director for GreenLand Development Foundation (GDF). He is dedicated to empowering communities with transformational education, restoring the environment, promoting a vegetarian lifestyle, ending world hunger, and making a positive impact in the lives of all people through education, social services, and God’s Love in Jesus Christ.

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Seth D. King’s Digital Presence / Media Resources
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Seth D. King’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sethking2020

Mr. King on X formerly Twitter
@SethDavidKing

Mr. King’s Blog: https://newdesignsking.blogspot.com/

“One World Declaration of Peace” first step with 10 students to meet LA Mayor Karen Bass! https://secure.avaaz.org/community_petitions/en/karen_bass_one_world_declaration_of_peace_with_10_students_to_la_mayor_karen_bass/

“One World Declaration of Peace” second step with NDCS and GDF to LA Mayor Karen Bass!
https://secure.avaaz.org/community_petitions/en/la_mayor_karen_bass_one_world_declaration_of_peace_second_step_by_ndcs_and_gdf_to_la_mayor_karen_bass/

YEPP! page on Facebook #YEPP2020
https://www.facebook.com/YEPP2020

UPP! page on Facebook #UPP2020
https://www.facebook.com/AssociationUnitedPeopleForPeace

UPP! YEPP! HHSA Talent Show #5 at CRAHS #5: https://youtu.be/XtoNaG9nUtc

“One World Declaration of Peace” from June 2013 project video #OWDOPJ https://youtu.be/jgI46vVPYVQ

YEPP! Blast Promo from 2013 https://youtu.be/jTzteaTkfq4

YEPP! Grant Video — Part 1 from 2006
https://youtu.be/UalejTTLPu4

1,000,000 Trees for Peace (Official): https://vimeo.com/147238666

“We Plant Peace” Movement from 2016 https://vimeo.com/192226287

Gashaw Tahir’s GreenLand Development Foundation https://www.greenlandfoundation.org/

GreenLand Development Foundation (GDF) Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/GreenLandDevelopmentFoundation

“We Plant Peace” Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/weplantpeace

Mr. King on Soundcloud #MrKingRaps
https://on.soundcloud.com/8mXTrseyqV1Nz14e8

Mr. King on Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/sethking2030

Mr. King on The Word of God International University
https://wgiuniversity.ning.com/m/profile?screenName=fa5a113419334eb8b67504ba8a0b05a4

Mr. King’s Rap Stand at NDCS — 11- 10–2022 https://youtu.be/OggqjwMpb0g

Mr. King #WePlantPeace Rap at New Designs Charter School, October 14, 2019
https://youtu.be/PcNY-4t8LEU

Mr. King Rap for Peace — 10–19–2012
https://youtu.be/qZH5ovM2Uro

Mr. King on TikTok
@canonkiki

Mr. King’s son Canon at #CanonBaseball
https://youtu.be/dP2H8tO4DnI

Mr. King’s daughter Kiki at #KikiSoftball
https://youtu.be/rsfyekXklQo

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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.