News of Rector Search: Position Advertised

Church of the Ascension, Pittsburgh, PA, seeks a full-time Rector

Upon the retirement of our current rector in June 2024, Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, PA, a member of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, is seeking a full-time Rector. For further information, please see the Parish Profile, which includes a history and description of the ministries of Church of the Ascension, a statement of current challenges and opportunities, and the characteristics of the Rector we seek. If you are interested in applying, please submit: 

1.     Letter of Interest
2.     Resume 
3.     Links to three sermons

to: Marilyn Clifton Chislaghi, Search Committee Secretary 

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 6. Initial Zoom interviews with short-listed candidates will take place in April, following Easter. Contact information for references will be requested at that time. All applications will be kept in strictest confidence.

Search Committee Update: December 18, 2023

The Search Committee continues to work evaluating data from a recent Parish Survey. There were over 250 responses to the survey from across the congregation. The results of the survey will be used for the Parish Profile which is well underway. Indeed, the committee hopes to have a completed Parish Profile to the vestry by mid-January.

Search Committee Update: November 15, 2023

The Search Committee has begun its work. Initially, the committee is assembling a Parish Profile, a document that describes Ascension’s history, context, ministries, congregation, and financial health. It will also include past and current challenges and opportunities. A Rector Profile section will highlight the leadership characteristics we seek in Ascension’s next rector.

The Search Committee welcomes input from Ascension parishioners, both members and regular attendees who are not members. In that spirit, we will soon publish a parish survey and invite as many responses as possible. We also invite you to reach out personally to any member of the search committee with input you would like to make, or with questions you have. Members of the committee include: Benn Carlucci, Melita Carter, Marilyn Chislaghi, Jeff Forster (chair), Sarah Gilmer, Mandy Jabbour, Tyler Marwood, Aaron Sams, Ginger Weeber (vice-chair). Their contact details can be found on the Church Center app.

While the committee will provide process updates and welcome all input, please understand that no information on individual candidates (including whether they’re candidates!) can be shared.

Parish Email from the Rector: October 24, 2023

Dear Ascension family,

Thank you to all who have been praying for the Search process and to those who submitted names to the vestry for consideration to serve on the New Rector Search Committee. The vestry received and prayerfully considered more than 50 names. The following people were selected and have agreed to serve: 

  • Jeff Forster (Chair)
  • Marilyn Chislaghi (Secretary)
  • Ginger Weeber (Sr. Warden)
  • Tyler Marwood (Jr. Warden)
  • Benn Carlucci
  • Melita Carter
  • Sarah Gilmer
  • Mandy Jabbour
  • Aaron Sams

Please keep each member of the Search Committee in your prayers.

Faithfully, yours in Christ,

Jonathan +

Join the Team!

Beginning October 3, 2023 we will gather for a time of dedicated prayer from 6:00 – 6:30pm on the 1st Tuesday of every month, including updates on the search process as appropriate. Join the Rector Search Prayer Team group on Church Center to get the Zoom link.