Staff at Christ Church of the Ascension


Julie Lyons, Director of Family Ministries

Julie has lived in Arizona since 2001. She comes to Christ Church with a multidisciplinary background. Julie earned her B.A. from San Francisco State University and her MHI from Arizona State University. Before coming to Christ Church, Julie worked as the Director of Marketing and Development at Christ Church School. Julie has also enjoyed serving as a children’s leader in Bible Study Fellowship and a substitute teacher at Scottsdale Christian Academy.

Julie is honored and humbled to have the privilege of serving the children and families of Christ Church. Her desire is to continually draw near to God and to do the work He puts in front of her.

Julie and her daughter Abigayle live in Phoenix with their two dogs. Julie loves to spend time with her daughter, cooking, swimming, and reading.


Tom Peterson, Music Director

Tom is an Arizona native and a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music in London. He came to Christ Church in 2010 and has previously served as tenor and Associate Music Director.

He teaches music theory and history at Phoenix College and loves reading and hiking. He and his wife, Teriann, live in Phoenix with their dog, Roxie.





Joshua Mungillo, Youth Ministry

Joshua Mungillo was born and raised in Phoenix. He's in college studying business and hopes to go into seminary once he gets his bachelor’s. He was a youth leader for an urban youth ministry in the metro Phoenix area for a year and half. He also serves at Chapel Rock as a counselor over the summers. He hopes to teach youth the importance of living like Christ through service and outreach. He's excited about this youth ministry and can’t wait to see what God has in store for the youth and the church as a whole.


Beth Wickstrom, RN, Parish Nurse

Beth is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years of nursing experience having graduated from the first nursing class at Scottsdale Community College in 1974. Beth's professional experience includes; Psychiatric Nursing, Allergy & Immunology, School Nursing, Teaching IV Therapy and most recently, Occupational/Community Health. Beth completed the RN Re-entry Program in 2004 and recently completed the DUET Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course.

Faith Community Nursing has been in existence in Arizona since the 1990's. The practice of a Parish Nurse combines professional nursing and health ministry and values the Scope and Standards of Faith Community Nursing Practice (ANA,2005).
With the Clergy and close association with DUET, Partners In Health & Aging, Beth has found the support to begin a Faith Community Nurse Ministry here at Christ Church Of The Ascension.

Beth has been a member of Christ Church Of The Ascension almost all of her life. Married to Jon, they have two children, Dylan and Ebbie. Beth enjoys walking with her friends & dog, Bentley, traveling and living in Arizona.


Ann Hollman, Church Organist

Ann Hollmann has been organist at Christ Church of the Ascension for 10 years, and has been a church musician for 45 years at various parishes. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance. Ann and her husband John live in Mesa with their dog, Jake. Ann and John have been married for 37 years, and have a daughter Sarah, son Paul, daughter-in-law Sharon and grandson Leif.