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Whatever your background, you have a place with us. We are a congregation drawn from many ethnic, theological, economic, and political backgrounds. We are young and old, single and coupled, poor and rich, conservative and liberal, catholic and protestant, native born and immigrant, white and people of color, gay and heterosexual. We truly are a house of prayer for all people! 

About Us

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Photo: the day of Pentecost
depicted in stained glass

Where we came from

History of our church

The roots of this congregation can be traced to 1843 and the missionary efforts of the Rev. Greenbury W. Ridgely and the Rt. Rev. Alfred Lee, who conducted services every other Sunday in the Claymont Stone School. The church was named for the Church of the Ascension in New York City and we were accepted into the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware as an organized congregation on May 28, 1851. The Rev. Ridgely was elected the first Rector. The first church building was erected on property donated by the Rev. John B. Clemson, on the corner of Church Lane and Philadelphia Pike and was consecrated by Bishop Lee on September 14, 1854. During the long and beloved leadership of the Rev. Charles Rantz the church building was moved across the street to its present location in 1927, and connected to the newly constructed stone parish hall.

As the congregation prospered in the 1960s under the leadership of the Rev. John C. Scobell, the church was substancially enlarged. A new wing for Sunday School rooms and offices was also constructed. The nave and sanctuary were further renovated with the addition of a rose window over the altar and thirteen stained glass windows between 1979 and 2001.The organ was renovated and dedicated on May 18, 2003.

The congregation continues to flourish and to stay true to its original mission of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ in service to our community.

Meet the Team

BCM Clergy

The Rev. Chris Moore - Associate Rector



  • Sandra Pierce - Music Director/Organist
  • Lyndie Mozzoni - Parish Admin 
  • Tracey Nilan - Sexton

BCM Representatives

  • Ann Archer
  • Beth FitzPatrick
  • Babak Golgolab 
  • Genia Thomas

Ministry Leaders

Altar Guild -  Beth FitzPatrick

Ascension Guild - Sharman Stephenson

Communications/Social Media - Adean Freeman/Steve Stephenson

Stewardship - Genia Thomas

Invite, Welcome, Connect - Ann Archer

Outreach - Ann Archer  

Property & Maintenance - James McDaniel


  • Babak Golgolab - Senior Warden
  • Genia Thomas - Junior Warden
  • Ron Chuchola - Vestry Clerk
  • Lyndie Mozzoni - Treasurer

Vestry Members

  • Mike DuRoss
  • Mark Ferguson
  • Beth FitzPatrick
  • Babak Golgolab (Sr Warden)
  • James McDaniel 
  • Sandra O'Tanyi
  • Genia Thomas (Jr Warden)

Convention Representatives:


  • Jennifer Glass
  • Carol Middleton


  • Beth Fitzpatrick

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