Clergy at Christ Church of the Ascension

The Reverend Daniel P. Richards, Rector

Fr. Daniel is a passionate preacher and teacher who fell in love with liturgy in college. That love of liturgy led him from a Southern Baptist childhood to ministry in the Episcopal Church. Daniel earned his Masters of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 2003 after serving at St. James Episcopal Church in San Francisco as a worship leader and intern and at the Diocese of California as Associate Coordinator of Young Adult Ministries and Church Development. His undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Worship from Grand Canyon University. Fr. Daniel reads voraciously, writes, and enjoys trail running.



The Very Reverend Rebecca L. McClain

The Very Reverend Rebecca L. McClain is a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church and was ordained in 1985. Rebecca has served as priest at the congregational, diocesan and national levels and retired after completing her responsibilities as Interim Dean of Saint Paul's Cathedral in San Diego, California. In retirement, Rebecca has been assisting at Trinity Cathedral and continues to serve as a consultant to congregations and non-profits in transition and engaged in strategic planning. As a founding board member of the Godly Play Foundation, she has written a book Graceful Nurture, a guide to using Godly Play with adults. 

In every role and position, her life and work has been shaped by the conviction that all creation is holy and every human being is beloved of God. Through the lens of Jesus, she strives to see as God sees and seeks to serve as an agent of God's love.

Rebecca has three grown children, and four grandchildren. They are the joy of her life. She shares her home with three Tibetan Spaniels, staying grounded in the daily rhythm of life with dogs.

Rev. Timothy Watt

Tim is a former Higher Education Student Services Administrator, consultant, and lecturer in organizational leadership and human resources. He holds a BA from Boise State University, a Master of Administration from Northern Arizona University, and a Master of Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary.

Tim is married to his amazing wife, The Rev. Tanya Watt, who is currently a Transitional Deacon for the Diocese of Arizona, completing her final year of studies at The Virginia Theological Seminary. Together they lavish misplaced parental affection on their dog, Daisy, as well as on Buddy, a cranky old cat.

As a priest, Tim most enjoys providing pastoral care and preaching. He spends an inordinate amount of personal time reading works in theology, liturgics, and Church history, but occasionally goes on a science fiction binge. He also enjoys college football, rooting for the D’backs, fishing, cooking meat, and baking sourdough bread. Tim also produces and co-hosts a fun, but deep-diving, weekly Podcast on the Sunday Lectionary, “The Irreverends,” with his friend and fellow priest, The Rev. Gini Gerbasi. Episodes are available on Apple Podcasts and Google Play.