Marilyn grew up in Edmonton, Canada. She married her college love, Rob Clifton, and two days after their wedding they flew off to the University of Cambridge where she acquired a Master of Philosophy degree from the Faculty of Divinity. Their son Ben was born in Cambridge in 1993 and their daughter, Clare, was born in Ontario in 1996. They moved to Pittsburgh on a snowy January day in 1997 so that Rob could take up a position at the University of Pittsburgh in the Faculty of Philosophy. They immediately began attending Church of Ascension. It became evident to them how quickly Ascension had become their church family when Rob passed away from colon cancer in 2002. They received tremendous care and support from the Ascension church family.
Marilyn decided to continue living in Pittsburgh and God graciously helped her family ‘pick up the pieces’ in ensuing years. She came on staff at Ascension in 2005 as Director of Children’s Ministries and in the fall of 2006 became Parish Administrator. She continued in that role until July 2015 when she became Director of Community Life. Marilyn is passionate about building church family and wants to help foster genuine discipleship, what she refers to as ‘growth in Christlikeness’. She is eager to connect people, newcomers and old-timers alike, with ministries and fellowship groups that will encourage them to new depths of discipleship. So, beware, she may be in touch with you!
On the personal front, Marilyn had her first conversation with Charlie Chislaghi on October 31 of 2006 (Halloween!), but apparently she didn’t scare him away and they were married 10 months later. With his favorite colors being flourescent orange and green, Charlie has brought a lot of color and even more joy into Marilyn’s life! She is amazed at the working of God over the years and looks forward to all that he has in store.