“Those who preach must preach God’s message; those who serve with the strength that God gives them, so that in all things praise may be given to God through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and power forever and ever.”  1 Peter 4:11

– 1 Peter 4:11

STAFF

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FR. PAUL KLITZKE

RECTOR

Fr. Paul is the Rector at Ascension. He is a life-long Episcopalian, and is married with two children. He has served in a variety of settings including Alaska and Hawai'i.  God and family are his top priorities in life, but he also really enjoys cycling and tacos.

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MTR.TERESA F TERRY

ASSOCIATE RECTOR

Mtr. Teresa found the Episcopal Church and its Book of Common Prayer while stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC. She has served in a variety of settings to include the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the Veterans Hospital here in Dallas.  Her favorite walking buddy is her "fur baby" Dexter.

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JORDAN HAMMONS

CHILDREN'S & YOUTH LEADER​

Jordan serves as children's and youth leader and has worked with several special projects including Virtual Bible Camp, Live Nativity, and the Anti-Racism Task Force. He is an alumnus of Millsaps College and Southern Methodist University where he studied vocal performance. Jordan has been part of the Ascension community since 2014 and was confirmed at Ascension in 2016.

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MARK UNKENHOLZ

ORGANIST AND CHOIRMASTER

Mark has held positions throughout his career in the field of education and church music.  Encouraging congregational singing, working with Ascension's choir and playing the Pasi organ comprise the center of his responsibilities.  He and his wife have two grown sons and are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren.

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KATE BEAR

DIRECTOR OF
ASCENSION DAY SCHOOL.  


Kate has a passion for teaching students through play-based instruction. She is married and has two children. In her free time, she loves to play tennis and enjoys cooking.

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MARY LOU HOWELL

COMMUNICATIONS
ADMINISTRATOR

Mary Lou is the former Executive Director at Cathedral Gardens in Dallas. She coordinates Ascension's E-newsletter and updates the website.  She and her husband Carl have been members at Ascension for 30+ years. She enjoys reading, playing piano, biking and exercising, volunteering and traveling.

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FR. ERNIE MCAFEE

Fr. Ernie is officially retired, but continues to assist with outreach, pastoral care, and liturgical duties. He and his wife, Diana live in the independent living portion of Presbyterian Village North where he celebrates communion at 4:15 PM Wednesdays. They have three children, four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. 

VESTRY

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Senior Warden: Allen Myers
Junior Warden: Andrew Marshall
Clerk of the Vestry: Harry Breda
Treasurer: Jane Burruss

Elected Members
Ashley Rector, Harry Breda, and Andrew Bolt (Year 1)

Julie Baker, Jonathan March, Laura Warner Gilmer (Year 2)

Shade Badejo, Andrew Marshall, Allen Myers (Year 3)

Convention Delegates: 

Laura Schmidt, John Dexter, Bobbie Raine, and Ron Chalk

 

MINISTRY LEADERS

Ascension Day School (ADS): Brett Rector
Evangelism: Jane Taber
Formation:  Joan Romanosky
Music and Liturgy: Fr. Paul Klitzke
Outbound: Audry Lee
Pastoral Care: La Bau Bryan
Stephen Ministry Leader: Laura Warner Gilmer
Property, Plant & Equipment: Todd Rutenbar
Radical Hospitality: Suzan Fenner