Historical Timeline of Christ Church of the Ascension

October 1963
First organization meeting with Bishop Harte.

December 24, 1963
Christmas Eve -- First worship service at Cudia City (40th Street north of Camelback Road) -- Vicar, Canon George McNeill Ray. First choir director, Millie Wesley.

Early 1965
Moved to Phoenix Country Day School on Stanford Drive -- services in auditorium.

Fall, 1965
Moved to First Federal Savings and Loan building at 20th Street and Camelback Rd. -- services in the basement.

October, 1965
Diocesan Convention grants change in status from Mission to Parish. First Rector is Canon George McNeill Ray. Church site purchased from Peggy Goldwater Trust (8 1/4 acres on Lincoln Dr) for $42,000 which was one-half than-current value of $84,000.

December, 1965
Canon Ray resigns because of ill health. The Rev. Herbert S. Craig, father of member Steven Craig, becomes temporary pastor during search for rector.

March, 1966
The Rev. Dan J. Gerrard called as Rector.

October, 1967
First building completed and occupied, named Craig Hall (see above under Dec. 1965).

Capital fund drive and construction of main church building.

February 23, 1975
Consecration of Church.

Construction of Memorial Garden with private gifts. Herman Stamer in charge.

Capital Fund Drive to pay balance of mortgage ($30,000), renovate Craig Hall, add church school classrooms, construct courtyard.

September, 1984
Courtyard completed.

December, 1987
Stained glass windows installed.

June, 1988
Fr. Gerrard retires. Bob Hearn, Senior Warden, manages parish for 17 months during search for replacement. Interim Rector, The Rev. Robert Hutchinson.

Thanksgiving, 1989
Parish welcomes The Rev. Dr. Harvey G. Cook as new Rector.

April 6, 1997
Rectors Hall consecrated as parish hall for the membership, named to honor all Rectors -- past, present and future.

June, 1998
Fr. Cook retires. Interim priests were Fr. David Pettengill and Fr. Irv Mitchell

February 1, 1999
Congregation receives The Rev. Kenneth J. G. Semon as Rector.

2000-2006 (dates uncertain)
Capital funds drive and construction of Ascension Chapel for children, The Rev. Canon Dan J. Gerrard classrooms and Christ Church School.

August 21, 2007
Fr. Semon announces to Vestry his resignation effective October 1, 2007, sends resignation letter to members.

October 1, 2007
Church receives The Rev. Phillip A. Jackson as Priest-in-Charge (for term of approximately 1 year).

June 8, 2008
Fr. Jackson installed as Rector of Christ Church of the Ascension.