Ascension's Ninth Rector
It is with profound gratitude to God and to the faithful discernment of our Search Committee and to our patient congregation that we announce that Ascension's ninth Rector will be the Reverend Candice B. Frazer. Many of us have known Candice for years as a fellow Montgomerian, through her leadership in our diocese, as a guest teacher at our Men's Prayer Breakfast and as Ascension's consultant in our successful stewardship campaign last year.
Candice grew up in Selma, Alabama and went to college at Loyola University in New Orleans before transferring and finishing her undergrad work at the University of Alabama. She started her career as a psychiatric social worker and then became a hospice social worker before going to work for the church as a youth and children's minister on the parish level and as the diocesan youth ministry coordinator. She attended the University of the South, Sewanee, for seminary and graduated in 2013. Candice has over fifteen years of experience in church ministry.
In addition to serving as an Associate Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church here in Montgomery, Candice chairs the Department Of Stewardship for the diocese and serves on the Department of Camp McDowell. She has been a member of Diocesan Council, serves on the Standing Committee and has been a deputy to General Convention twice. Candice is an alumnus of Leadership Montgomery and is presently Chairman of the Board of Holy Cross Episcopal School.
Candice has been married to Steve Frazer, also from Selma, for twenty-four years. Steve is Vice President/Retail Market Manager at Synovus Bank on Taylor Road. Though she and Steve could not have children, they are blessed and grateful to have a close relationship with their siblings, nieces and nephews. They share a home in Old Cloverdale with their three canine children: Jezebel, Banshee and Cuthbert.
Candice's first day at Ascension will be October 15. I look forward to many years of Candice's leadership during this new chapter in the life of Ascension. Please share this wonderful news with members of our congregation that you believe may not use email or check it on a regular basis.
We extend a heartfelt thanks to our Search Committee, Ellen Brooks (chair), Brittney Calhoun, Pat Bamman, Nick Mielke, Mildred Wakefield, John Wilson, Lacy Gibson, Don Vaughn, Tim Marquardt, and Jimmy Reynolds, for their diligent and thoughtful work!