Parish Staff and Lay Leadership
Our staff and parish leadership are available to speak with you about Ascension Church
and learn more about your spiritual and pastoral needs.

Following is a listing of our contact information:


The Rev. Dr. Joan E. Beilstein, Rector
About the Rector....I am a native Washingtonian and cradle Episcopalian. I earned my Masters in Divinity degree (M.Div.) from The General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1993 and my Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min.) from The Virginia Theological Seminary in 2007. Other training includes Interim Ministry Specialist and a Cerfiticate in Pastoral Psychotherapy. I have been an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church for over 20 years. During this time, I have served as a chaplain in hospitals, mental health facilities, and senior living centers; as an interim rector assisting churches to move through times of transition when there is change in leadership; and as a rector, with my tenure at Ascension approaching nine years. In addition to parish ministry, I am a seasoned retreat leader, spiritual director, counselor, and mentor. One of my loves is offering my gift of writing and poetry to the church. It is an honor and privilege to serve God's people, do ministry with them, and walk along side them no matter where our spiritual journeys lead us in this life and the next.


The Rev. Terri Murphy, Deacon & Director of Religious Education
About our Deacon and Director of Religious Education.......Terri is a native New Englander and single mother of three grown children: Adam of Winston-Salem, NC; Colleen of Silver Spring, MD and Leigh of No. Palm Beach, FL. She resides in Germantown, MD. Terri has had a few different career paths, including educational counselor/psychometrist, hospital chaplain and at-home mom. Terri also practices spiritual direction, having been trained with the Shalem Institute. Terri joined the staff of Ascension in 2009 and now serves as both Pastoral Associate and Director of Religious Education. She graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary with an MTS (Master of Theological Studies) and was ordained in September, 2012 in the first class of Vocational Deacons in the Diocese of Washington.

Vickie Timberlake, Administrative Assistant
Parish office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00AM - 1:00PM



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