Last December the Vestry appointed the Rector Search Committee to present to the Vestry a candidate for Rector. The Committee is composed of 10 people who have been members of the parish ranging from 2 years to 66 years. It’s a diverse group of individuals who have committed to be led by the Holy Spirit in the process of our work. Sarah Sartain, diocesan officer for clergy transition & development, is working with us.

During the interim between Andy Thayer’s departure June 2018 & the Committee’s appointment, the parish has been preparing spiritually & emotionally for new ordained leadership, as well as having time for reflection & clarification of ministry & direction for the parish. The Church of the Ascension has continued to grow in a number of ways under the clergy leadership of Interim Rector Chris Starr & Associate Rector Rosa Lindahl.

The parish is now in the second stage of the process, called Self-Study & Profile. A parish-wide survey has been completed & is being used by the Search Committee to prepare the Community Portfolio (for national church posting) & the Parish Profile (for public viewing including posting on this website). Once the profile is published, we will enter the “Discern & Present” step of the process.

The Committee has committed to being guided by the Holy Spirit, making this work a priority, & listening with open minds & hearts to each other, to you & to the candidates. We will be transparent in the process & open to your comments & referrals. Please don’t ask us who is on the list or where we are visiting because that we cannot share that.

We need you to share your thoughts with us, through letters, emails, texts, calls, & in person conversations. We have a mailbox at the church or you may contact any member of the Committee. Refer names of anyone you’d like to be considered. And pray for Ascension, the Search Committee & the candidates.

Ellen Brooks

Update from Search Committee

The Rector Search Committee is completing the Community Profile for the Diocese & and is in the midst of developing the Parish Profile. As part of that process we have been reviewing the results of the parish-wide survey which is being used in creating both the Portfolio and the Profile. Thank you to all who filled out survey. The Committee wanted to share a summary of survey findings.


DATE OF SURVEY: Jan. 26 - Feb. 2, 2018
NOTE: Responses are listed in alphabetical order

COA Church Results

1. Administration
2. Liturgy
3. Pastoral Care
4. Preaching
5. Spiritual guidance
1. Minister to sick, dying, bereaved
2. Oversee staff
3. Plan & lead worship services
4. Preach
5. Work w/ vestry & committees
1. Administrator
2. Leadership
3. Pastoral Care
4. Preacher
5. Teacher
1. Comfortable around people of all ages
2. Compassionate
3. Open Minded
4. Personable
5. Sense of humor
6. Sincere