The following members of our congregation are among those serving their Church by giving their time
Carol Ann "Deedie" Phillips Marshall, Rector
Born in Orangeburg, SC, she attended schools there and in Atlanta, and, after two years at Erskine College, graduated from USC-Columbia with a degree in French Language and Literature. She taught French in secondary school and then worked in the Admissions Office at USC.
She began exploring the ordination process at St. John’s Church, Columbia in 1992 with the support of Bishop Beckham. After a year at Lutheran Southern Seminary, she completed training for the priesthood at Sewanee School of Theology and was ordained as Deacon in June 1999 by Bishop Henderson. She has served as deacon in charge of Christian Formation and Pastoral Care at St. Francis, Chapin and St, Martin’s in the Fields, Columbia; as assistant to the chaplain at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community and as Chaplain Resident at Arkansas University Medical Center and Deacon at St. Margaret’s, Little Rock, AR. She completed additional training in clinical pastoral education at Palmetto Richland and Palmetto Baptist Hospitals and at University of Arkansas Hospital in Little Rock.
After returning to Columbia from Little Rock, she served three years as pastoral assistant at St. Albans, Lexington, before being sent by Bishop Henderson as Deacon and later priest-in-charge to Christ Church, Lancaster, in September 2006. She was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Henderson in October 2006 and elected as 10th rector of Christ Church in November 2007.
Deedie has also served the Diocese in many positions and currently is on the Diocesan Executive Council (elected 2007) where she chairs the Commission on Convocations and serves on the Planning Committee for the election of the new bishop and as coordinator of the Community of Hope Pastoral Ministry. She teaches in the School for Ministry.
The Rev Carol Anne Phillips Marshall married David Scott Phillips in 1972 (two sons: D. Scott Phillips, Jr. and Benjamin A. Phillips). David Phillips was killed in a hunting accident, 1993. She married Bruce Marshall in June 2007.
Connie Murphy, Parish Administrator
Connie is a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Seneca. She is married to Tom; their son, Christopher,
attends Seneca Middle School. Connie and her family moved to Seneca from Ft. Myers, FL in 2004.
They love experiencing the four seasons, hiking the trails in the mountains, and boating on many lakes in the
area. Connie and Tom have started their own furniture woodworking business, specializing in bunk beds.
She enjoys the close friendly atmosphere at Ascension and is happy to be part of our family.
Betty Stephens, Senior Warden
Danny Hawkins, Junior Warden
Danny is a retired South Carolina Law Enforcement Officer. He is employed as Manager of Hi Falls Express. He is Chaplain in the Masonic Order and 32 Mason. Danny is a Notary Public, South Carolina.
At Ascension he is Eucharistic Minister and Acolyte.
Danny is a graduate of Tri-County Technical College in Police Science; Anderson University in Chaplaincy. He also graduated from the SC Criminal Justice Academy and Correctional Officer Academy.
He enjoys Church (Being a Christian), reading, working with computers, guitars, and motor cycles.
Carol graduated from the University of California-Berkeley in 1957, married Bob, and taught school for two years before their first daughter was born. Her husband's career took them to 13 different states before they retired to South Carolina in 1997.
Carol is a widow with two married daughters and two young granddaughters. They are all currently living in the Chicago area.
Carol became a member of Ascdension in 2002. She has served on the Outreach Committee, the Vestry, Search Committee and as ECW secretary. Currently she is the ECW treasurer, Breakfast Club treasurer, co-chair of the Altar Guild, and will begin a new term on the Vestry.
Bob was born in Terre Haue, Indiana. He served in the US Navy as Hospital Corpsman. After receiving his Pharmacy degree from Butler University he moved to Florida where he owned and operated the Lucerne Pharmacy in Lake Worth. After receiving his MS in Public Adminstration Bob served as Director, Mid-County Medical Center in West Palm Beach. He served as Florida's State Director for Pharmacy Service.
He and his wife (deceased) have two children.
Bob has served on the Vestry as Junior Warden and is currently also on the Good News and Christian Formation Ministries.