The Church of the Ascension

An Anglican/Episcopalian community

11201 SW 160th St.
Miami, Florida 33157
(305) 238-5151
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Ascension's Administration

Leading By Faith

The Church of the Ascension is a part of a national body of churches and is governed locally by a regional body (The Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida) which is headed by an elected Bishop.

An elected body, known as the 'vestry' administers the day-to-day operations of the church. The vestry is headed by the rector and is made up of at least 15 church parishioners.Typically, meetings are monthly. Minutes are recorded and kept and decisions are by a majority vote.


The officers for this year’s vestry are:

Rev. Norbert Cooper

President & Rector
Rev. Norbert Cooper

Barbara Killen

Senior Warden
Mrs. Barbara Killen

Wilbert Service

Jr. Warden
Mr. Wilbert Service

Hugh Gilchrist

Treasurer
Mr. Hugh Gilchrist

Veronique Bentley

Financial Secretary
Ms. Veronique Bentley

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Chancellor
Mr. Rudolph Griffith

Allyson Bentley-Samuda

Vestry Clerk
Mrs. Allyson Bentley-Samuda

Norma Chisholm

Parish secretary
Mrs. Norma Chisholm

Phyllis Saunder

Exec. Director Ascension Comm. Dev. Corp
Mrs. Phyllis Tynes- Saunders


Other vestry members are assigned to spiritual ministries within the church. However, the budget and finance is entrusted with monitoring the finances of the church, and as such, must include the both Wardens, Treasurer and the financial secretary. Additionally, chairpersons from the Stewardship ministry, the men group, the women group and two random laypersons. The term for each vestry member is three years.

The vestry gives a report to the church at its annual general meeting in January of each year. Additionally, a parochial report is sent to the diocese soon after the general meeting.