Our Newly Appointed Rector
page1image3834016Rev. Jack Alvey obtained a BS in Finance from University of Alabama and a Masters in Divinity from Virginia Seminary. In the past he’s also served with Cursillo, Kairos prison ministry, Vocare college ministry, youth ministries, young adult ministries, the diocesan Committee on Ministry, Dept. Parish Development and Evangelism, Dept. Ministry in Higher Education, Standing Committee.

While at St Paul’s in Selma, he invited Bishop Curry to participate in the 50th anniversary Jonathan Daniels’ pilgrimage, encouraging continued reconciliation and healing growth. He has been a weekly guest on a local radio show and a regular contributor to the local newspaper, and maintains a personal blog ( He directed Elementary II at Camp McDowell this summer, using the very creative theme “LEGO and Let God”. He’s a Rotarian, and serves on several charitable organization boards. Pastoral Care, small group formation, and embracing opportunities for community partnerships are just a few of the strengths Jack brings to Ascension. He’s also an avid golfer and reader! Welcome Jack, Jamie, Mary Katherine (5) and John (1) Alvey.

Interim Rector/Priest in Charge – Paul Elliot

Paul Elliot is native of Huntsville, and was baptized and confirmed at Church of the Nativity.  Paul Elliot was called to the priesthood while living in Atlanta and attending St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  He graduated from General Seminary in New York.

Most recently he has served as the Rector St. Andrew’s in the Pines in Peachtree City, Georgia for 10 years. Prior to that he was associate at St. Martin in the Fields and pursued a doctorate in Pastoral Counseling at Candler School of Theology.

With his wife of four years, Maria, he has a “collection” of five children aged 18 to 29. Email Paul

Jane F. Ellis
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Jane was born and raised in Lowndes County, Alabama and graduated from Judson College in Marion, AL. She holds Masters’ Degrees from Troy University, Auburn University, and a graduate specialist degree from the University of Alabama.

After 12 years in direct patient care and management, Jane moved into hospital administration. She spent the remainder of her 40-year career in executive management in hospitals in Alabama, Mississippi, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

Jane attended Cursillo in the early 90’s and finished her EfM training in the Diocese of Mississippi. New York’s General Theological Seminary in Greenwich, CT, provided her diaconal training and education. In 2000, she was ordained as a Vocational Deacon in the Diocese of Connecticut. Since that time she has served in large inner city parishes in Connecticut and New Jersey.

Jane retired in 2015 and moved south to reconnect with her Alabama roots and dedicate herself to her call and passion for the Diaconate. As a people person, Jane enjoys providing spiritual direction, pastoral care, teaching, and community outreach. She is an avid reader and enjoys all aspects of nature, including gardening and birding. Email Jane


Michael Sparks
Mike Sparks has been the organist-choirmaster at Ascension since 1978.  Under his leadership the Ascension choir has mikedeveloped a solid repertoire, technique and reputation. Mike has degrees in Church Music from Birmingham-Southern and SMU and has served as dean of the Birmingham Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  He has been active as an organ consultant completing projects in four Southeastern states.  In addition to his musical leadership Mike also developed our website.

In addition to his work at Ascension he directed the choirs, taught music courses and humanities at Wallace State in Hanceville.  He retired as chair of Humanities in 2017.

He is married to Sarah E. Heaslett, also an organist, and they have raised a son, Will, at Ascension.  When not working he enjoys cooking, reading, watching movies, walking, and sailing. Email Mike

Barbara Hash
Barbara Ann Bilbo Hash serves as the parish secretary at Ascension. She started as the Barbara2part-time secretary in1979 and the job became full time in 1989. She was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1964 and has been a member of Ascension since 1973. She has served in many volunteer roles at Ascension including serving as the ECW President. She is passionate about children’s Sunday school and she has continued to teach for over 50 years.

Barbara’s parish responsibilities include managing the parish’s printed communications including editing and publishing the parish newsletters and the weekly service booklets and bulletins. Additionally, she keeps most of the parish records and helps the parish bookkeeper with accounts payable.

Barbara was raised in Lumberton, MS, and has a degree in Library Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to moving to Alabama, she was the Director of the Hattiesburg Public Library. She had a wonderful marriage to C. Patton Hash and has been widowed for a number of years. She had two sons, C. Patton, Jr., now deceased, and Andrew B. (Drew) who lives in Dalton, GA. Drew is married to Missy, and they are the parents of Barbara’s two grandchildren. Barbara’s hobbies include reading and doll collecting.  Email Barbara

Amanda Austin
Amanda Austin started as the new Christian Formation Director in 2013.  She grew up inSAM_1023 Birmingham, and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in English in 2006.  She has since been involved in Ascension’s ministry through the youth program, and was commissioned with the Lay Ministry Certification Program for Children and Youth in February of 2012.

She is married to Kyle, and they have one daughter, Emily.  She also works as a teacher for Ascension’s Mother’s Day Out program. Email Amanda

Other Staff

Len Skelton, Treasurer. Email Len