The Rev. Randall Lord-Wilkinson, Rector
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Randy Lord-Wilkinson began his ministry as Rector of Church of the Ascension in the fall of 2007 after serving parishes in Massachusetts and Washington State. He grew up in Charleston, West Virginia, and earned his Bachelor‚Äôs degree at West Virginia University in 1978. In 1982 he received his Master of Divinity from Harvard and was ordained priest in the Diocese of Massachusetts in 1984.
Central to his theology of ministry is the Baptismal Covenant of the Book of Common Prayer, understood as an outline of Christian thought and practice for all baptized persons. To that end, Randy is passionate about the re-education of Christians in a way that will equip them for ministry in the contemporary world. For him this means being aware of the implications for faith of recent biblical scholarship and the prevailing scientific world view which the religious and non-religious share. He is also an experienced spiritual director and believes that study must be balanced by an experience of relationship with God.
His experience with classical Christian spirituality, especially Centering Prayer and the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, is that prayer necessarily impels Christians into social justice ministry.
While Randy believes that Jesus is ‚Äúthe Way‚ÄĚ for him and most Westerners, he affirms the truths enshrined in the great religions and philosophies of the human race.
When he isn‚Äôt enjoying the company of his two young daughters, Randy likes to practice (and teach) hatha yoga, and play a few bars on his ‚Äėcello or a friend‚Äôs oboe.
Randy‚Äôs long term aspirations are to complete his Kripalu yoga teacher certification and play in a community orchestra.
The Rev. Javier Garcia Ocampo,¬†Assistant to the Rector
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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‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúCristo Rey‚ÄĚ. 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.
Jerrold Tidwell, Minister of Music
A native of Alabama, Jerrold Tidwell began collegiate music studies at the age of 17, at the University of North Alabama, as a student of Walter Urben. Jerrold received the Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance and Sacred Music from the University of Montevallo, where he also began studies toward the Master of Music degree. Jerrold has served as Organist and Director of Music for Protestant and Catholic churches throughout the Eastern United States, and has served as a professional accompanist and vocal coach for Jacksonville State University, and Reinhardt University. Jerrold has worked extensively in the field of choral music as both an accompanist and conductor, performing with choral, solo and instrumental groups, including The Reinhardt Symphony, Pensacola Symphony, and members of the Alabama, Atlanta, and Maryland Symphonies. As a choral director, Jerrold formed The Dutch Fork Choral Society, a non-profit civic chorus based in Metro-Columbia, South Carolina, for the purpose of enhancing community arts awareness through the presentation of larger choral works. Church and civic choristers under Jerrold‚Äôs direction have sung with Malcolm Archer, John Rutter, Carl Schalk, and other conductors of distinction.
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|Media Specialist|| Mrs. Eleni Hailu
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Parish Officers and Vestry
Senior Warden:¬†Betsy Hasegawa
Junior Warden:¬†Janet King
Clerk to the Vestry: Sari Stoddard
Treasurer: Howard Holland
|Rose Buck||Denise Lionetti||Berenice Rodriguez|
|Gordon Donnelly||Najma Stubblefield||Avin Lalmansingh|
|Lauren Kingsland||Paul Whitmore||Gary McLaughlin|
Mission Area Leaders
|Christian Formation for Children||Zadinga Ogada|
|Christian Formation for Youth||Steve Heinig|
|Christian Formation for Adults||Peg Ruppel|
|Pastoral Care||Randy Lord-Wilkinson|
|Youth Group||Angie Hight-Walker|
Delegates to Diocesan Convention
Kristen Keating, Carleton MacDonald, Sue Snay