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Rev. Dr. Jim Sorvillo Sr.


Fr. Jim has been rector of the Church of the Ascension since 2003. He and his wife Debbie have two sons Jim Jr. and Michael. His passion is for people to encounter the risen Christ and to make our historic worship relevant to our everyday journey of faith! He has served our diocese as the Chair of the Congregational Development Commission, the President of the Episcopal Counseling Center Board and a member of the board for the Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center and is currently serving on the diocesan Standing Committee. Fr. Jim’s doctoral focus is in congregational healing and renewal. To find out more go to



Rev. Matt Ainsley

Assistant Rector

Fr. Matt joined Ascension in 2015.  He and his wife Kasey have a beautiful daughter Windsor. Fr. Matt oversees our youth and family ministry, home groups, and pastoral care.  Fr. Matt also serves on the diocesan mission advisory board.



Rev. Roger Miller

Fr. Roger has served in the Diocese of Central Florida for over 30 years. After retiring from St. George’s in the Villages, we were blessed to have him and his wife Rita join our community! He has a heart for healing and worship.


Rev. Jim Kurtz

The was born and raised in Pennsylvania before moving to Florida in 1969. Worked in corporate finance for years before ordination to the Diaconate in 1992 and Priesthood in 2000. 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. Debby Buechner


Deacon Debby oversees our Lay Eucharistic Minister and Visitor ministries.


Rev. Beth Wagner


Deacon Beth has been attending Ascension 1986-1994, 1995-1997, 2000-2003 and 2008 to the present. Beth and her husband David, have two children, Brianne (30) and Ryan (22).

Rev. Becky Chapman

Rev. Becky Chapman


Deacon Becky was ordained in 2016.  She serves on staff at our diocesan office and oversee’s our Lay Reader ministry here at Ascension.


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