Susan Meredith, our Senior Warden, has been active in the Episcopal Church most of her life. She was baptized at Old St. Paul’s in Norfolk, and joined Ascension in 1999. She likes working with youth, maybe because she always has a house full of young people! She is still raising several of her 6 children.
Bill Willey grew up at Ascension and serves in many capacities: an acolyte, pastoral care visitor, and food pantry volunteer as well as Junior Warden.
Jane Webster first came to Church of the Ascension upon moving to Norfolk in 1977. Previously working as Special Project Coordinator for Wilcox & Savage, her time is now spent in volunteer capacities, particularly at Ascension with the Choir, Altar Guild, Food Pantry, Flower Guild and Fellowship Commission . She has served on the Vestry as both Register and Fellowship Chair and currently is Treasurer. Jane and husband Sam have a married daughter and a married son with 3 granddaughters and 1 grandson, all residing in Colorado.
Anne Doyle – Register
Anne Doyle grew up in the farthest corner of our same diocese, in Danville, Virginia at Epiphany Church. She attended Chatham Hall, in Chatham, Virginia, an all-girls’ Episcopal high school, and she graduated from Vassar and William & Mary’s graduate school in business. The railroad moved her to Norfolk in 1995, and she has two children, both college students in Blacksburg. Anne transferred to Ascension six years ago. It definitely feels like home; there’s a “sweet spirit in this place and I know that it’s the spirit of the Lord.”
In 1997, the Navy assigned Michael Murphy to SSN 671, the Narwhal, stationed in Norfolk. He was Catholic, but decided to become Episcopalian in 2007 and joined Church of the Ascension in 2009. He was a Naval nuclear operator until 2008 when he left the Navy and started working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a civilian. He is a Chalicer and a member of the Altar Guild. He is married to Andrea and has two children who attend Ascension, Rachel and Brian.
Courtney Wheeler, born and raised in Norfolk, is a lifelong member of Ascension. Her grandparents were instrumental in moving the church to its present location in 1959, and much of her family has been an integral part of this church family ever since, including her husband, Mark, who has held several leadership roles within the church. Courtney has taught Sunday School since her boys, Matthew and Kyle, were in preschool, and is also on the altar guild. She is happy to act as a leader of our EYC, an organization for the youth in which she was very active as a teenager herself. Courtney is a graduate of Norfolk Collegiate School and VCU’s Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy. She currently works part-time as a pharmacist at The Hague Pharmacy in Norfolk, and is active in the PTA at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach.