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Art Going, Interim Rector

Art Going, Interim Rector

Arthur Going currently serves as the interim Rector at Church of the Ascension. After 32 years as pastor and church planter, Art Going joined the staff of Bishop Steve Breedlove as Archdeacon/Director of Ministries for PEARUSA in Chapel Hill, NC. He is married to Dr. Nancy Going, youth ministry educator and interim executive director of Vibrant Faith Ministries; they have two adult children and four grandchildren. Art loves to cook, enjoys craft beer and wine, is passionate about bluegrass music, and knows every night who is pitching for his beloved St. Louis Cardinals.

Danielle Hitchen, Parish Administrator

Danielle Hitchen, Parish Administrator

Danielle Hitchen discovered the beauty of the liturgy and the tradition of Anglicanism in college and fell in love with it during her semester abroad in England. Her professional background includes communications consulting, radio production, event planning, and office administration. Danielle is a graduate of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University where she earned her B.A. in humanities. She presently resides in Falls Church, VA with her husband, Nathan.

Andrew Litke, Curate

Andrew Litke, Curate

After spending most of his childhood in South Carolina, Andrew graduated from Furman University and Reformed Theological Seminary – Orlando, FL. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Semitic Languages and Literature at the Catholic University of America. Andrew and his wife, Dana, started attending Ascension in August 2009, shortly after moving to the DC area. He has participated in short term mission work in Africa and served as a ministry intern at a church in Orlando, FL. Since joining Ascension, Andrew has served on the music team and as a small group facilitator, and after a few years in these roles he decided to get even more involved. He enjoys all things sports related, studying the Old Testament, learning obscure ancient languages, and playing the cello.

The Parish Council is the primary leadership body of our church, composed of both clergy and elected lay members. The lay members serve three-year terms, and take up specific responsibilities for the administration and leadership of Ascension.

David Griffith, Rector’s Warden

David Griffith, Rector’s Warden

David and his wife, Michelle, began attending Church of the Resurrection in 2007. At the time he had no intention of becoming Anglican or of getting involved in church leadership. But when Rez started talking about a church plant in Northern VA, he was the first to sign up! He served as an usher, greeter, chalice bearer, prayer minister, nursery worker, small group leader and husband to the Parish Administrator before becoming Rector’s Warden. David is originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia. He and Michelle have two children.

Anna Carrington, People’s Warden

Anna Carrington, People’s Warden

Anna and her husband, Wes, have attended Ascension since moving to Arlington in 2009. Born and raised in Connecticut, Anna returned to the East Coast after a “seven-year sojourn” in the Midwest, where she met Wes and graduated from Wheaton College. She is a freelance editor and takes care of their son. Anna has helped coordinate Ascension small groups and is a former member of the International Missions and Partnership Council (IMPC). She enjoys hosting a small group and serving in the nursery. Anna and Wes have been deeply encouraged by the culture of hospitality and community at Ascension.

Elisa Scheuer, Treasurer

Elisa Scheuer, Treasurer

Originally from Houston, Elisa landed in the DC area in 2006 because it was the most populous area where she could practice law with a Virginia license. She joined Church of the Resurrection on Capitol Hill, but moved across the river shortly after Ascension was planted in 2009. Elisa didn’t think she’d ever be so involved with a church, but has enjoyed the opportunity to serve as treasurer and be a part of the Ascension community. Elisa and her husband, Scott, spend their time renovating a 70 year old townhouse, but try to regularly clear the dust so they can host their friends and neighbors. The Scheuers live in Alexandria with their son Henry, and Sadie the wonder dog.

Tim Luepke

Tim Luepke

Tim Luepke is a native of Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Business and has a Master's from Biola University in Intercultural Studies. Tim works in the in hospitality industry as a general manager of conferencing and events, currently at a government agency. Before coming to the DC area, Tim spent a few years as an overseas missionary – serving in the country of China. He also served a few years in a discipleship training school focusing on prayer ministry as an extension of his home church in Wisconsin. In his free time, he helps his wife run a small business, enjoys mountain biking, and playing any competitive sport. He, and his wife Dawn, have three kids – Emma, Aiden & Ethan.

Brian Stoker

Brian Stoker

Brian spent most of his childhood in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon, where his parents continue to serve as missionaries. Prior to moving to northern Virginia in June 2008, he also spent several years in San Diego and Los Angeles where his extended family still lives. However, the last five years are the longest he has ever lived in one place consecutively, so Virginia is officially “home.” Brian enjoys playing and watching most sports, although he has an underdeveloped appreciation for any sport that involves ice. He is also an avid game-player and is currently enjoying the fact he has been able to live in the same house on the edge of Arlington and Falls Church for over two years.

Danielle Hitchen, Parish Administrator

Danielle Hitchen, Parish Administrator

Danielle Hitchen discovered the beauty of the liturgy and the tradition of Anglicanism in college and fell in love with it during her semester abroad in England. Her professional background includes communications consulting, radio production, event planning, and office administration. Danielle is a graduate of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University where she earned her B.A. in humanities. She presently resides in Falls Church, VA with her husband, Nathan.

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