Priest: Rev. Rhonda Waters

rev-rhonda-watersChurch of the Ascension is pleased to welcome the Rev. Rhonda Waters as our new incumbent, effective September 1.

Rhonda moved to Ottawa in February, 2016 to take up an interim position at St. Matthews in the Glebe, after having been Associate Priest and Director of Education at Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral..

Born in rural Alberta, Rhonda still thinks the Prairies are “the most beautiful place on earth”. She studied anthropology at McGill University in Montreal, became a “big city easterner”, moved to New York with her husband, Thomas, for graduate studies in 2001 and then back to Montreal in 2007 for studies at the Montreal Diocesan Theological College where she received her Master of Divinity degree.

Rhonda’s early experience of strong lay leadership in the church instilled in her a deep appreciation for the work of all God’s people and the importance of building a strong community of faith to sustain that work both within and beyond the walls of the church building.  She is excited to join in the tradition of social justice and service at Church of the Ascension.

Rhonda and Thomas, have one son, Gilbert, who is a constant source of hard questions and valuable theological reflection for Rhonda’s own spiritual journey.


Music Director: Adam Reid

Adam ReidAscension welcomed Adam Reid as our Music Director in 2015. A graduate of University of Ottawa’s music program, Adam completed his Bachelor of Education degree in 2014.

After time spent working with piano, voice and organ, Adam is currently studying the organ with Jennifer Loveless, titular organist at Notre-Dame Basilica. He has studied piano with Andrew Tunis and Frédéric Lacroix Ottawa, and Jean Paul Sevilla in France, adding significantly to his skills as a talented pianist.

As a member of the Opera Lyra in Ottawa, the Ewashko Singers and several other music ensembles, Adam has acquired an impressive singing background.

In 2014, he and pianist Aidan Shenkman offered a special ‘Four-Hand Piano Concert’ as a fundraiser for the ‘Empty Bowls’ project in Perth. The concert was a great success and over $1,000 was raised for ‘Empty Bowls.’

Along with being our Music Director, Adam teaches private music lessons and supply teaching at local schools in the Perth area. He is also playing guitar and singing in a rock band, and teaching lessons at music schools in Ottawa.

Deacon: Rev. Dr. Caroline Ducros

The Rev. Dr. Caroline Ducros was raised in Montreal where she studied Phys Ed at McGill.  She then pursued a career in Environmental Science where received an MSc from Stirling University in Scotland and a PhD from the University of Brighton in England.  She is the mother of two girls, Molly and Tessa Britton and together they raise two dogs, Poppy and Flipper.  Caroline loves to run and play recreational hockey.  

After beginning her career as an environmental scientist, Caroline felt a deep sense of calling to ordained ministry. As part of her ministry formation, she completing a BTh and an MPTh at Saint Paul University. Caroline was ordained a deacon on May 2nd, 2016. 

Caroline works for the Public Service of Canada where she is the Director of the Environmental Science Division at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), and for the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, as a Deacon. Caroline sees her diaconal ministry developing out of her expertise in environmental science and her deep rooted sense of social justice, including eco-justice issues and eco-theology.   

As a deacon, it is Caroline’s faithful desire to live out an undivided life.  She wants to continue to bridge the perceived gap between the worlds of science and faith, and to work within her workplace, the Church and the world, to restore the wisdom of creation (ecosophy). Caroline sits on the Creation Matters Diocesan sub-committee and is looking forward to starting a blog page (focused on eco-justice and its role in liberation), and to teaching, preaching, and leading in advocacy initiatives.

Children and Youth: Ashley Russell

Ashley Russell joined Church of the Ascension, as the Director of Children and Youth Ministry, in February 2013. Originally from Toronto, Ashley came to Ottawa to attend Carleton University in 2006. She graduated from Carleton in 2010 with Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Religious Studies. Her passion for women’s issues and Christian traditions on the fringes brought her back to Carleton a year later, and she graduated in 2012 with a Masters in Religion in Public Life.

Working at Ascension, Ashley found and developed her true passion in life, teaching children and youth, and in 2015 graduated from the University of Ottawa Bachelor of Education Urban Cohort Program.

Ashley loves working with children and youth, gardening, yoga. She is passionate about social justice and is a member of the Student Christian Movement. She is also a member of the dramatic collective of Faith and Arts Ottawa.

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