Services and Classes
SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES
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Wednesday - 10:00 am Healing Eucharist Service in the Church Chapel
No registration required; sign in when you arrive.
NOTE: All classes will be held ONLINE ONLY until further notice. Click the link above and scroll down the page to see class dates, links and times!
Rector: The Very Reverend Daniel P. Richards
Senior Warden: Melissa Bull
Junior Warden: Tony Madden
Treasurer: Gloria Swaine
Clerk: Carly Davis
Members: Keith Costello, Ann Dietrich, Carolyn Hartman, Mark Hawkins, Ben Irwin, Dennis LeBlanc, Chaz Moody, Chick Morgan, and Peter Spang.
Merriam Webster defines the word "vestry" as "an elective body in an Episcopal parish composed of the Rector and a group of elected parishioners administering the temporal affairs of the parish". Christ Church Vestry members are elected in the Annual Meeting in January. Usually members are elected to a term of three years. Also in the annual meeting, the Junior Warden is elected for a term of one year by the parish. The Senior Warden is appointed by the Rector. The Vestry votes for the secretary and treasurer during the first meeting of the year.
Top Three Goals & Priorities of Christ Church of the Ascension
- Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to reach new people and incorporate them into the life and ministries of our parish.
- Make necessary changes to attract families with children and youth to our parish.
- Further develop ministries that work toward healing those with broken by life circumstances in our community and beyond.
Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month to discuss how we are accomplishing our mission to Know, Love, and Serve Christ through our management of outreach opportunities, upcoming events in the life of the church, the overall budget, and occasional large expenditures. These meetings are open for any member to attend.
Melissa Bull, Senior Warden
Melissa and her family joined Christ Church of the Ascension in 2007. She currently serves on the Altar Guild, has served on the Vestry, and was the former Senior Warden for Phillip Jackson.
Melissa is President and Founder of South Sudan Community Center, a non-profit organization working to provide food, clean water, and community centers throughout South Sudan.
Tony Madden, Junior Warden
Tony and his family have been parishioners of Christ Church of the Ascension since 2014 when son Charlie was baptized here. He has served as an usher and his wife Tracy has enjoyed helping with Sunday School. Tony was raised in Scottsdale, where they currently live. He attended Saguaro High School and graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He was baptized Catholic and previously belonged to St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church.
Tony enjoys serving on the Vestry of Christ Church of the Ascension. "I always look for new ways to grow my faith and give back to the church and community. I feel a great connection to this parish and look forward to continuing to help others."
Gloria Swaine, Treasurer
Gloria is a native of Phoenix and has been a member of Christ Church of the Ascension since high school. Gloria has a daughter, Risti, a son, Marshall, and 8 grandchildren. After holding several administrative/management positions with the City of Phoenix, Gloria is now a freelance bookkeeper.
Volunteer work for Christ Church has included Choir, Vestry, Christ Church Players, Storyteller for children, and lay reader. Gloria has been on 3 Rector Search Committees for Christ Church. When not volunteering or doing bookkeeping, Gloria likes to travel. She also breeds and shows dogs. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is an uncommon scent hound that was bred to flush rabbits for hunters.
"My favorite thing about Christ Church is the people. As a single parent, it was a place where my kids were able to feel valued as they navigated their teen years. It was amazing to watch how the interactions with fellow parishioners (especially adults) help transform them into responsible adults. Christ Church has always felt like home."
Carly Davis, Secretary
Carly Davis is a storyteller, matchbox racer, finger painter, and green thumb. She is humbled to be the Secretary for the Vestry at Christ Church of the Ascension. Carly has attended CCA since 2013. All three of her boys were baptized at CCA. She helped with Vacation Bible School and taught Sunday School for several years. She thanks CCA for sponsoring her training in Godly Play for Sunday School curriculum development.
Carly was a teacher at Christ Church School for two years (go Cubbies!). In her previous life (before kids!), she worked as a fundraiser for the Phoenix Art Museum and Desert Botanical Garden.
She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts - Arts Management degree from University of Arizona; and she is finishing her Master of Humanities-Storytelling degree. In her spare time she freelances as a story coach for the USA TODAY Network's Storytellers Project. She volunteers with Produce on Wheels Without Waste, and loves cooking with "ugly produce"! She is passionate about raising boys and succulents. She enjoys hiking with "all" her guys, husband Jesse and their German Shepherd rescue.