Dean Miller, Rector
Dean Miller was born in Washington, D.C. and then grew up in Southern California where he attended Claremont McKenna College and Azusa Pacific University. His dominant loves growing up were soccer, any other sport, and reading. After college he spent five years on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, both in the President’s Office and at the University of North Carolina. He then spent fourteen months working in business before heading to Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia for seminary. At Regent his dominant loves were his girlfriend (now wife) Mary Ellen, his seminary classes, soccer and any other sport. Dean graduated from Regent in 1999 and was the Board of Governor’s Recipient in Proficiency for the Master of Divinity degree. Shortly thereafter Dean and Mary Ellen married. In keeping with Regent’s emphasis on the value of the laity, they then settled into Austin, TX and found jobs in the marketplace. Dean spent three years in higher education sales with Apple before returning to staff with InterVarsity as an Area Director in the western half of Virginia. He joined the staff of The Falls Church Anglican in the fall of 2005 as the Director of Kairos, then the young adult ministry, and then became Director of their Spiritual Formation and Discipleship department in 2010. He joined Ascension as their Rector in 2014. His dominant loves now continue to be Mary Ellen, his three children (Corwin, Duncan, and Clary), any sport, ice cream and reading.
Jonathan Waldroup, Music Director
Jonathan is from Atlanta and has been involved in music ministry since middle school. During his time at the University of Georgia, he served on the music team of a Methodist college ministry and was also the music director at a small Baptist church. He and his wife Ashley discovered Anglicanism while living in England in 2008 shortly after they were married. They have been attending Ascension since moving to DC in 2011 for Jonathan to attend grad school. During the week, Jonathan works for a small start-up that provides training and career opportunities for professionals seeking to use business as a catalyst for social impact. In early 2015 Jonathan and Ashley are expecting their first child, in whom they hope to cultivate their great love of literature.
Danielle Hitchen, Parish Administrator
Danielle 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, and their daughter, Alice.
Steve Breedlove, Bishop
Steve Breedlove is an American Anglican bishop. He has been married to Sally for 40 years and they have five children and eight grandchildren. He has the Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He served in parishes in the United States and Canada. He was the founding rector of All Saints Church, Chapel Hill – Durham, in North Carolina. He was also the founder and director of the Anglican Missional Pastor leadership program development. After the withdrawal of the Anglican Mission in the Americas, Breedlove was unanimously elected the first Presider Bishop pro term of the PEARUSA, the new missionary district of the Anglican Church of Rwanda in the United States, a dual church body of the Anglican Church of Rwanda and the Anglican Church in North America, being installed in 11 June 2012. Bishop Breedlove consecration took place in 29 October 2012, in Denver, Colorado, by Archbishop Robert Duncan.
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.
Brian Stoker, Rector’s Warden
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.
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.
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 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 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.