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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Ryan Bettwy, Seminarian
Ryan is a seminarian, studying for his Master’s of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. He has been interested in pastoral ministry since his days as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech, where he was involved in Young Life youth ministries and worked as a youth minister at a church in rural Southwest Virginia. He followed that calling to international ministry, living for two years as a missionary in East Asia before returning to pursue his seminary degree.
Ryan was a teacher for six years, teaching Bible, physical education and rhetoric classes, and serving as an Athletic Director at two different schools in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. When he’s not teaching or studying, his favorite thing to do is explore the relationships and culinary delights of DC with his wife, Christie, who he met at church in Arlington in 2011 and married just a few months ago, in April, 2017. He also loves reading anything that gets his imagination flowing, and playing or watching sports, rooting the Washington Capitals, Wizards, and Nationals on to their yearly playoff losses.
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.
Meagan Casselberry, Parish Administrator
Meagan hails from Florida and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at the University of Florida (Go Gators!). She served in Campus Ministry with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) at her alma mater- UF, the University of Georgia, and finally the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing, China where she met Ryan, her husband of almost seven years.
They spent their first two years of married life in Atlanta, Georgia where Meagan continued with the Regional Leadership Development Team at Cru training campus ministry interns and new staff. Since Ryan was offered a position as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State in 2012, they’ve spent time between D.C.; Shenyang, China; and their most recent posting- Yangon, Myanmar. In Yangon, Meagan served as the Embassy’s Community Liaison Officer welcoming new staff to the Embassy and designing events and programs to encourage high morale among the American staff and their family members.
After two exciting years in steamy Myanmar, Meagan is very much excited to be back in the U.S., enjoying seasons like Autumn and Spring again for the first time in a while, and being reunited with her Ascension family. The Casselberrys are also looking forward to welcoming their first child in October.
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.
Luther Weber, Senior Warden
Luther has been immersed in the life of the church since birth and in the Anglican tradition for the past 22 years. Originally from Northwest Ohio, Luther migrated to DC in 1986 with a degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati. After working with several architects, he started his own practice in 2003 specializing in residential design. Here in DC, he met his lovely wife, Becky who is a lawyer and lobbyist, and raised two boys in Falls Church. Over the years, he has enjoyed coaching Little League, supporting the athletic boosters at the boys’ schools, teaching Sunday School, distributing food and coordinating volunteers for Food for Others in Merrifield, hosting Fellows, theology and travel. When not designing or legislating, Luther and Becky are lured to the lake where they love to float!
Corrie Paeglow, Peoples’ Warden
A proud native of upstate New York, Corrie moved to Washington in 2011 and has been attending Ascension pretty much ever since. She teaches public health at George Mason University, and strongly encourages you to wash your hands and get a flu shot. She loves travelling, reading and cold brew coffee and despises closed toed shoes.
Kelly Barrow, Treasurer
Kelly Barrow and her husband Chris have been attending Ascension since the fall of 2013. After growing up in Pittsburgh, PA, Kelly moved to Greenville, SC where she attended Furman University. In 2012, she left South Carolina to attend the Trinity Fellows Academy in MD. Her time there was foundational for her Christian walk and served as her first introduction to Anglicanism (a shift from her non-denominational and Presbyterian background). Kelly is now a Financial Planner at TIAA in DC and serves as the church Treasurer. She, Chris, and their son James reside in Del Ray where they enjoy the friendly neighbors, goofy dog parades and an only mildly annoying commute. Kelly also loves cooking, travel, filing taxes and most importantly, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jordan Everett, Secretary
Jordan came to Anglicanism through a series of rabbit trails that began with experiencing the Coptic church in Egypt, and has been involved with Ascension since June 2012. Originally a native of Pittsburgh, Jordan has lived in Northern Virginia for over six years. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking, Anglican-ing, and shamelessly cheering on the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates.
Katrin van der Vaart, Member at Large
Born in Germany with a German father and English mother, Katrin was educated in England. She met Bert, her husband of 38 years, at Oxford where she failed her organic chemistry exam. They made the last of their 15+ moves 2 years ago and those moves and ministry trips to the DR and South Sudan have given her a heart for the newcomer, the international and ESOL ministry. Home-schooling their 4 children on 3 different continents has helped her recognize the importance of training each child in ‘the way he should go’ and rekindled a delight in children’s literature. Visiting a friend’s incarcerated son 8 years ago began a chapter of prison correspondence and finding ways to contribute donated books to prison libraries. Working through their own family problems with the help of the church, Katrin experienced the power of healing prayer. She continues to be involved in prayer ministry. When the pile of non-fiction reading gets too stolid she loves a good detective novel to speed through. Book recommendations ( adult and children), and donations for prisons (adult) always gratefully received.