Episcopal Church of the Ascension

at Associate Rector
Location Dallas
Date Posted January 6, 2020
Category Missouri (Doris Westfall)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Urban
Compensation $50,000
Health Benefits Clergy Only
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 335
Average Sunday Attendance 260
Child Population in Church School 28
Adult Population in Church School 73
Budget $730,891
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary yes
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I no
Rite II yes



Ascension is a growing, progressive, dynamic parish in the Diocese of Dallas, whose mission is to restore all people to unity with God and each other.  Ministries include helping with the food pantry, community garden, tutoring, social justice advocacy, and partnering with the local elementary school as well as having Ascension Day School on premises.  There is diversity in gender, age, sexual orientation, economic status and national origin.  This diversity means we are not of one mind on every issue, yet are clear that God's love calls us to welcome the stranger and spiritual inquirers from every background and our call as Christians is to be the body of Christ in the world.

Ascension is in a pivotal season as we transform under the Invite, Welcome, Connect philosophy and await the opening of our 3500 square foot Youth and Outreach Center.  Our worship and internal relationships unite us in Christ and our Ascension Outbound ministries connect us to our community.  The staff work closely with one another and the parish to fulfill our common vision.

Please see www.ascensiondallas.org for additional information


Although geographically located in the Diocese of Dallas, Ascension is one of three congregations in the Diocese of Dallas that are being overseen by The Right Reverend George Wayne Smith, Tenth Bishop of Missouri.  Bishop Smith has all episcopal oversight for these congregations.  As this is a new arrangement, we are still learning about one another and how to go forward together while being geographically distant.


An ideal candidate will come ready to join with other staff members and lay leaders to lead and provide guidance to our transforming and serving community.  Our ideal candidate will have initiative taking and interdependent work skills.  He/She will have the gifts of a collaborative spirit, emotional resilience, and empathetic demeanor and will be prayerful and reflective in decision making.  Thoughtful and articulate preaching, speaking to spiritual hunger and life concerns is an essential gift for this candidate to possess.

Responsibilities include participating fully in the church's priestly and pastoral ministry by leading worship, celebrating the sacraments, presiding over weddings and funerals, preaching, teaching, and leading small groups. Ministry areas of interest should include two of the following: Pastoral care  and oversight of pastoral ministries, Evangelism-integrating fully the Invite Welcome Connect ethos into the every day life of Ascension, Day School, Children, Youth, and Family Ministries, Adult Education and Formation and Mission and Outward Bound ministries.

A successful candidate will share these values with us: Welcoming to all, demonstrating openness with an inclusive approach; Authenticity, great preaching and a sense of humor, strength with group process and communication skills, a desire to grow theologically and pastorally; an open mind and heart.

Contact Information

If interested please contact the Rev. Doris Westfall

Interim Canon to the Ordinary

Diocese of Missouri



The Reverend Paul Klitzke

Rector, Episcopal Church of the Ascension

Send a cover letter, resume, links to recording of two sermons (or transcripts), three references and updated OTM profile

to: paul.klitzke@ascensiondallas.org