Fr. Ryan spent the first ten years of ministry as a pastor, in a non-denominational church, until becoming an Anglican in 2010. He was subsequently ordained in the Church of England, Diocese of Liverpool. His formation for the Priesthood took place at Regent College, Vancouver, and All Saints Center for Mission and Ministry in England. He holds a Diploma in Christian Ministry, a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Theology, an additional Master’s Degree in Practical Theology, and is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Ministry through Trinity Western University.
Fr. Ryan has a passion for the church to become a robust reflection of Christ in the community. He carries a love for the poor, a commitment to biblical preaching, and a growing interest in healing and spiritual formation.
Fr. Ryan has been married to his wife, Chantelle, for almost 21 years. Chantelle presently works in the film industry and enjoys painting and travel. Together they have three kids: Judah (19), Anna (17) and Greyson (16).
Rev. Matt Ainsley
Vicar of All Souls Mission
Associate for Liturgy and Music
Bob has been minister of music at Church of the Ascension since 2009. He and his wife Catherine have one daughter, Kiersten. His passion is to see people transformed by the presence and power of God as they join together in worship. In addition to ministry as a church music director, Bob’s ministry has taken him throughout the United States and abroad to teach music and worship at conferences and local church events representing a wide variety of denominations and spiritual traditions.
Rev. Debby Buechner
Deacon Debby has been with Church of the Ascension for 12 years and oversees our Lay Eucharistic Minister and Visitor ministries. She is also very active in Daughters of the King and Kairos Outside ministries.
Rev. Rusty Hazelrigg
Deacon Rusty’s passion is for Outreach and Evangelism to connect with not only the “churched” but the “unchurched.” The mission is to reach out to the working families that are “too busy” to attend church on Sunday mornings. Within the church he is active in the Men’s Ministry, Building & Grounds, and the Memorial Garden ministries.
Rev. Sarah Bronos
Retired Associate for Healing Ministry
Rev. Jim Kurtz
Rev. Jim Kurtz was born and raised in Pennsylvania before moving to Florida in 1969. He worked in corporate finance for years before ordination to the Diaconate in 1992 and Priesthood in 2000. He served 12 years as Rector of St. Agnes in Sebring, Florida. We are blessed to have him back in service at the Church of the Ascension and give thanks for the gifts he brings to us.
Rev. Roger Miller
Erika Johnson, Sr. Warden