Dean Miller, Rector
Dean Miller loves a good story: your story, novels, movies, plays, graphic novels, sports drama, and especially God’s Story. Much of Dean’s story can be organized in two’s:
- Attending two Southern California undergraduate schools for college (Claremont McKenna College and Azusa Pacific University)
- Loving two stints with InterVarsity (one before, one after seminary)
- Loving two stints in business (one with a small company specializing in New Testament travel packages, one in sales with Apple)
- Loving two Anglican parishes (The Falls Church Anglican, and since 2014 The Church of the Ascension.
That said, there are other significant numbers in Dean’s story. Dean graduated from one graduate school, Regent College, in Vancouver, finishing in 1999 as the Board of Governor’s Recipient in Proficiency for the Master of Divinity degree. Dean has three wonderful children (two boys, one girl).
And Dean is the honored husband of one wife, Mary Ellen.
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Morgan Reed, Deacon
“Since the age of 14 I have felt called to pastoral ministry and at age 20 I left behind my beloved homeland of Northern California to attend the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL, in 2006. There I began a B.A. in pastoral ministry.
Halfway through that program I was blessed to marry the love of my life, Ashley, who was waiting for me back in Northern California. After a short hiatus in 2008 so that Ashley and I could get married (and so that she could finish her schooling), we moved back to Chicago so that I could finish my degree. At Moody, I began to study Greek and Hebrew and felt called to become a professor, so we moved to Dallas in 2010 so that I could pursue a ThM in Old Testament. While in Dallas, the study of Syriac literature led me into the study of the Tradition of the Church (patristics) and I began attending the Episcopal Church in Dallas in 2011. In 2012 I transferred to the Catholic University of America where I earned an M.A. in Syriac and Hebrew. I am currently a PhD candidate in Syriac and Hebrew literature which means that I am currently writing my dissertation.
We have lived in Arlington for four years and love the community here. I was ordained as a Deacon in May 2016 in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic and my pastoral passion is helping people experience God’s transforming grace through the life of the Church (both now and historically) and therefore I’ve often joked about being the deacon with a thurible in my right hand and a tambourine in my left. When I am not working, you will probably find me cooking something delicious, enjoying craft-roasted coffee and conversation, or riding a bike alongside Ashley on one of many bike trails in Northern Virginia or in D.C.”
Andy Zipf, Music Director
Originally from the Midwest, I planted roots in the D.C. area in 2000. I’ve been a touring singer/songwriter for the past twelve years, and recently released my latest album ‘Name The Fear’. My wife Miriam and I have been attending Ascension since 2012 and we have a brand new beautiful baby boy named Aiden. One of my favorite sounds is a group of people singing a chorus together at the top of their lungs.
Judi Deatherage, Children’s Director
I’m originally from Anchorage, Alaska, and the Pacific Northwest, which definitely shaped my longing and appreciation of outdoor magic and majesty. I earned a math education degree from John Brown University in Arkansas, and while teaching met and married my husband Todd. We’ve been married for 27 years. We moved to Northern Virginia in December 1996, after Todd got a job with a U.S. Senator.
We have been at our address in Annandale growing a family and working on community for most of the last 20 years. We have 4 children: Abby, just out of college and currently living/teaching in the UK; Zach, a junior at James Madison; William, a freshman at Virginia Tech, and our youngest Anna, an 8th grader at Trinity in Fairfax.
As the kids have grown I’ve done a variety of jobs outside the home including substitute teaching, independent contracting, and retail. I love to hike and walk/run outside, am usually game for any fun adventure, and enjoy community theater. I’m also part of a fantastic book club.
I’m very much looking forward to coming alongside the staff and body of Ascension in loving and growing the littlest members. I love the light and possibilities that our little “image bearers” bring and my hope and prayer is that each child would feel loved, welcomed, and connected as part of a broader family.
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.
Mike Richardson, Treasurer
Mike and his wife Michelle have been attending Ascension since May 2012, and they have enjoyed being active with the church in various ways. Mike has volunteered with Ascension’s outreach efforts at Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless (AACH) and has helped lead the men’s morning small group. He is originally from Vicksburg, MS and graduated from Mississippi State with a BA in Political Science (1998) and a Master’s of Public Policy & Administration (2001). After spending ten years in Louisville, KY, Mike moved to Arlington and heads the Commercial Banking division at Chain Bridge Bank.
Josh Cullum, Peoples’ Warden
Josh and his wife, Emily, have attended Ascension since moving to the area in the fall of 2009. After growing up on a farm in Missouri, Josh moved east for college at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He went on to get his Masters in music from Yale University, after which he won his current job as a trombonist with the Air Force Band. He spends his days playing ceremonies, head of state arrivals, and funerals at Arlington Cemetery. He also maintains a small studio of private students and plays trombone regularly for Ascension’s music team. Josh loves the outdoors, campfires, craft beer, and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cullums live in Alexandria with their son, William.
Karen Haynes, Rector’s Warden
Karen grew up in Charlotte, NC, where, with her family, she attended a Roman Catholic church. She came to DC in 1999 to attend The George Washington University where she studied anthropology and visual communications, later completing a graduate degree at Georgetown. She has worked in public broadcasting for 10 years. Karen fell in love with Christ and the Anglican tradition in 2008 and has since soaked up the vitality of the Anglican practice of worship and the depth of community it fosters. She and her husband Tim have attended Ascension since early 2012 and have been active in small group ministry, choir, prayer, and many other areas of church life. Karen enjoys reading, swimming, cooking, knitting, and working with Tim to renovate their Del Ray home.
A proud native of Albany, NY, Corrie has lived in DC since 2011 and has been attending Ascension since the fall of that year. Between Albany and DC there have been several stops, including a couple stints in graduate school and some time living in Hong Kong and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She first began attending an Anglican church in Hong Kong and has been hooked ever since. At Ascension she has served on the Local Outreach Team and in Children’s Chapel. Corrie currently teaches in the Global and Community Health department at George Mason University.