The Rev. Stewart Mason Tabb
My job as rector of Ascension is to invite and encourage the people of Ascension to know Christ and make him known by an inward journey of faith and an outward journey of service to the world in his name.
I believe this is best done through inclusive and loving community, authentic worship, prayerful discernment, and cultivating a sense of joy and gratitude for the many gifts of God found in life, in each other, and in the world.
I was baptized a Catholic and confirmed a Presbyterian before finding my home in the Episcopal Church while attending an Episcopal high school in Virginia. I graduated from Davidson College in 1982 and met my husband Bill Hall there, though it would be some 30 years before we married (Oh, the wonders of social media! I married Bill on August 10, 2013.) After graduating from Davidson I spent 13 years in and around the newspaper industry doing everything from writing headlines for and editing the gardening column to installing computer systems and managing production departments before discerning a call to ordained ministry. I have served in a variety of communities, urban Anglo-Catholic in San Francisco, small rural churches including a Native American one on a reservation in Nevada, and two suburban churches, one in Virginia as associate “rector” and the other in Georgia as rector, and I was last at a large urban church in Greensboro as associate rector. I am passionate about including all people in the work of the church in any given place and find joy in being with others as they engage God in worship, service, life in general and prayer, and so have taught Sunday school for adults and children, served as chaplain for diocesan youth retreats, and gathered the older folks of a community for Bible Study.
A playful person, I am known for my smile, laugh and a competitive streak in cards. Cribbage anyone? Bad puns and crossword puzzles are everyday necessities for me.
I have made a contemplative practice of slicing and dicing, and so am given to making soups and salads, but also excel at cookies and brownies, make a mean fudge sauce and am pretty good at the basics as well.
I strive toward discipline and balance and often fail. Nevertheless, most days find me praying, taking long walks outside, thanking God, and wondering “Lord, what was that all about?”
Contact me if you would like to have a conversation about . . . .
• Ways you can more fully participate in the life of the church
• Baptism for you or your child
• Questions or concerns about worship
• The ministry and mission of Ascension
• A pastoral or prayer need