"We are ambassadors who represent Christ." – 2 Corinthians 5:20



The Rev. Javier Garcia Ocampo, Priest in Charge

ocampoj@ascensionmd.org | 301.948.0122 ext. 16

Rev. Javier Ocampo

Rev. Javier Ocampo

Javier Garcia Ocampo is from Mexico City. He began his ministry at Ascension in the Summer of 2014 after serving in the Diocese of Mexico City as a Vicar of the Church of La Santa Cruz for ten years. He grew up in a little town in Morelos State, Mexico, called Jojutla and moved to Mexico City to study at the Saint Andrew’s Anglican Seminary and the Theological Community of Mexico where he received a degree in Divinity.

As a cradle Episcopalian, Javier has been working for the Church in Mexico for many years. When he was at the Seminary, with a group of seminarians they planted a new church called “Cristo Rey”. He started his ministry working with the youth group and children. He was part of the OPAJUV (Young Adult Diocesan Committee). He was working also in Cursillo and Happening.

He was ordained as a Deacon in September of 2001 and as a Priest in October of 2002.

He is fascinated by languages, having studied English and Sign Language (in Spanish) and studying different cultures. For fun he enjoys bike riding, physical fitness, reading books, travel, going to the movies and listening to music.

Pastoral Associate

The Rev. Nancy Hildebrand

ancy Hildebrand

The Rev. Nancy Hildebrand

I am a second career priest having started my ministry life as a social worker and
social activist on behalf and with people with disabilities. At some point in this
wonderful work, I sensed God’s call to ordination and I answered that call 17 years
ago. Nearly eleven years ago, I was ordained as a priest in the Diocese of
Washington. I received my Masters in Divinity in 2006 at Wesley Seminary, my Post-
Graduate Diploma in Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary in 2007 and
am now in the dissertation phase of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Wesley
Seminary. Six years ago, I had the privilege of being the assistant rector at Church at
the Ascension, so it is with special joy that I re-joined you in ministry late in the fall of
2017. As your pastoral associate, I am supporting the pastoral visitors and
Eucharistic Visitors of the Church, and am assisting Fr. Javier with worship services.
I am the proud wife of Dr. Peter Hildebrand who is a retired climate change scientist
who was the former Director of Earth Sciences at NASA Goddard and, who, now, is a
busy climate change activist. We are the equally proud parents of three adult
children who chose wonderful in-law children for us to love and cherish as our own
and who obliged us with four amazing grandchildren. God is good, all the time!


Andrew Kullberg, Minister of Music

Andrew Kullberg

Andrew Kullberg

Andrew Kullberg began his ministry at Church of the Ascension in September 2018. He grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and developed an interest in music at a very young age. Through musical opportunities in his church and school, Andrew developed his musical abilities and learned to play multiple instruments fluently. He attended Eastern University outside of Philadelphia and majored in music education with a concentration in piano. While attending undergrad, Andrew grew as a church musician by singing in various choirs and playing piano and organ for numerous worship services in and out of state.

After graduating, Andrew returned to his hometown to start a career in teaching for Montgomery County Public Schools and working part-time at Colesville Presbyterian Church. At Colesville, he served various music positions for six years including Children’s Choir Director, Director of Contemporary Worship, Organist, and eventually, Director of Music.

Andrew currently teaches a diverse population of over 400 students at Meadow Hall Elementary School in Rockville and is the Conductor of the Montgomery County Central Honors Chorus. Additionally, he serves on occasion as Piano Accompanist for Bet Aviv, a Reform Jewish Congregation in Columbia, MD. Andrew lives in Bethesda and is currently working towards his Masters of Music in Education at University of Maryland.


Office Staff

Parish Administrator Mrs. Lin Keene
301.948.0122 ext. 10
Media Specialist Mrs. Eleni Hailu
301.948.0122 ext. 14

Lay Leadership

Parish Officers and Vestry

Senior Warden: Betsy Hasegawa
Junior Warden: Janet King
Clerk to the Vestry: Sari Stoddard
Treasurer: Avin Lalmansingh

2019 2020 2021
Rose Buck Zadinga Ogada John Pruessner
Gordon Donnelly Meredith Horan Luis Pedron
Susan McLaughlin Berencie Rodriguez Robert Waters

Mission Area Leaders

Christian Formation for Children Megan Didavi
Christian Formation for Youth Angie Hight-Walker
Christian Formation for Adults Peg Ruppel
Facilities Ted Bedell
Finance Avin Lalmansingh
Mission Paul Boynton
Pastoral Care Javier Ocampo & Nan Hildebrand
Personnel Jean Cohn
Worship Curt Lindsay & Gary McLaughlin
Youth Group Angie Hight-Walker

Delegates to Diocesan Convention

Mardia Dennis, Gary McLaughlin, Sue Snay
Alternate: Fredy Diaz