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STAFF & LEADERSHIP 

“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
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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 Hawaii.  God and family are his top priorities in life, but he also really enjoys cycling and tacos.

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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. 

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MARK ODIENY

SEMINARIAN

Mark is a clergy ordained in the Anglican Church of Kenya. While in Kenya he served as the vicar in an informal settlement for 10 years. He moved to the US four years ago and is a Master's of Divinity student at Brite Divinity School.  He holds a bachelors degree in Urban Missions and his gifts include worship inclusivity, Bible study, student outreach and working with people on the margins. 

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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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SUZANNE SWEAZY

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

A mother to three active boys (ages 9, 6, and 3), Suzanne became involved at Ascension as a parent at the day school before transitioning into the role of Operations Manager for the church.  Suzanne previously taught high school English for nine years and remains committed to promoting lifelong learning for people of all ages.  When not busy chasing after her children, Suzanne enjoys running with her dog, kickboxing, reading, and watching movies.