The Rev. Dr. Ketlen Solak was born and raised for the first sixteen years of her life in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Her family can claim a rich mix of European and African ethnic and cultural heritage.
At 16 she moved to Northern Virginia where she completed her degree in music. She studied for the ordained ministry at the Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), class of 2005, and she served as Associate Rector at St. Luke’s, Alexandria for over nine years. She recently received her Doctor in Ministry degree at VTS. She and her husband Scott both studied music in college. He is a composer and pianist in the classical tradition and has written a number of commissioned works. They both enjoy going to concerts, reading, and absorbing the beauty of nature.
Ketlen has served an active role in the Diocese of Delaware, currently serving on Diocesan Council and recently serving on the Search Committee for our Bishop.
The Rev. Christopher C. Moore is a permanent team member of the BCM ministry. He serves as assistant to the Rector, The Rev. Dr. Ketlen Solak, and shares the preaching rotation at the three member churches.
“It’s a real blessing to share this ministry,” says Chris. “Grace, Ascension and Calvary have made my wife Janice and me feel so welcome since we arrived. I look forward to participating on a more permanent basis in this ministry.”
Prior to his ministry at Grace, Chris served a collaborative ministry in Rehoboth from 2006 to 2013 as assistant to the rector at the Parish of All Saints’ Church and St. George’s Chapel where he alternated with the rector in preaching and celebrating at the two churches.
Ordained in 1974, Chris served churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and California. With degrees from Muhlenberg College, Drew University and Andover Newton Theological School, Chris also studied theology at Cambridge University in England. Accomplishments include running a Marathon in under four hours, winning an Emmy Award (along with his wife Janice) for Excellence in Religious Broadcasting, and writing and publishing three books on religion and psychology. His latest is Solitude: A Neglected Path to God (Cowley Press, 2001).
Chris and Janice live in Media, PA, with their two dogs and a cat, where he enjoys working on his one-acre property, hiking on the Appalachian Trail at the Delaware Water Gap, and spending time with his four grandchildren, aged three and under.
The Rev. Marta Illueca was born in New York City and grew up in Panamá, Central America. She moved to the U.S. in the mid 80’s after graduating with a medical doctorate from the University of Panamá’s School of Medicine. She pursued her medical specialty in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Cornell University Medical Center in New York, where she joined the Medical College faculty until 2003. She continued her career with additional work on pharmaceutical research in Delaware until 2014 when she took early retirement to pursue her lifelong vocational calling to ministry. In May 2018 Marta graduated from Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopal Seminary at Yale University. Marta’s unique vocation of expanding the role of sacramental practices in healthcare is at the center of her ministry goals which expand to various dimensions. She was ordained to the priesthood in May 2019.
Marta describes a three prong approach to her calling: to heal, to teach, to reconcile with God. Thus, she envisions a bi-vocational model of ordained ministry within the Episcopal Church. By supplementing her theological training with a degree in Pain Medicine Research, Education and Policy from Tufts Medical School, she will be positioned to develop programs for physicians and/or clergy about the interplay of the physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions of healing. And through implementation of this ‘spiritually inclusive medical model,’ the world of chronic suffering may be offered formal sacramental healing interventions that may nurture stronger spirits and help to develop a new generation of healers.
In June of 2020, Rev. Marta recived a UTO (United Thank Offering) grant to develop and validate a "Pain and Prayer Scale" as a bedside prayer tool. This will connect church and academia and offer a drug free alternative to pain management.
Gail attended Catawba College in Salisbury, NC and received a degree in Musical Theatre. She joined the US Army and served 3 1/2 years in Germany, first for the 8th Infantry Division Headquarters, G5 and then as choreographer for the 7th Army Soldiers Chorus in Heidelberg. Gail taught music at Stone Harbor, Avalon and Sea Isle City Elementary schools for 23 retiring in 2008. A church musician, she directed the choir at Calvary Baptist Church in Ocean View, NJ for 20 years. She presently is the Director of Faith Formation for St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
Pictured are from left to right, the Rev. Chris Moore, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, the Rev. Dr. Ketlen Solak, and the Rev. Dr. Ed Pease. Bishop Curry is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States. The BCM was very privileged to have Bishop Curry visit the BCM this past Sunday December 10, 2017
A life long member of The Church of the Ascension, I was so excited to become a chorister in the Junior Choir when I was eight. Choir was my whole life and I was so lucky to be surrounded by a faithful parish family who helped me to grow in the Light of Christ. I continued in choir ministry as a chorister in the Senior Choir until I was called to my present position.
I have served my parish as a lay reader and Eucharistic minister, Sunday School teacher, served on women’s guilds, altar guild and was the musician for the Brandywine Parishes Vacation Bible School for many years.
I studied piano with the late Blema J. Tatman, and was inspired to play organ by the late Mabel Bard Pierce, and the late J. Harrison Walker. At Westminster Choir College, I took classes to become a licenced Kindermusick teacher and I was fortunate to take a workshop with the late Helen Kemp, an extraordinary master teacher of creative teaching pedagogy for young singers. I recently semi retired from St. David’s Episcopal Day School after twenty six years, but I still work as their music specialist, helping the children prepare for their Halloween and Christmas Programs and playing music for their weekly chapel service.
At Calvary Church, I served as Junior Choir Director from 1988 until the summer of 1996 and my great grandparents on both sides of my father’s family were members of Grace Church, so I feel a connection with all three parishes.
My husband Gilbert and I have three daughters, three son in laws, three grandchildren and two step grandchildren.
Mark Foulsham was born and raised in Wilmington Delaware, but currently lives a more rural life in Toughkenamon Pennsylvania. He has been playing music in churches since he was 10. He completed his undergraduate degree in Oberlin College & Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio and received an MBA degree from the University of Delaware.
He works in Financial Services and Banking and in his spare time enjoys farming, blues music, and stone masonry. His preferences in classical and religious music favors English 17th through 20th century composers such as Byrd, Tallis Stanford and others.
He just recently celebrated his 10th anniversary as music director here at Grace and is moved that the congregation is so appreciative of our choir and the music we provide each week. When not directing our choir on Sundays, he can be found leading his Chicago-style blues band Blues Mojo at local venues.
I have been a member of Church of the Ascension since 2009 and have been a member of the Administrative team for the past 2 years. I have taken on many positions here at the church which includes Sexton, Sunday School Teacher for COTA Kids, and Youth Leader for the Launch Pad (youth group). I am also a member of the Altar Guild, The Women’s Guild and the Special Events & Fundraising committee.
I am married to Jodie Lockwood and we have five children, three adult children who have given us eight wonderful grandchildren, and we have two children ages 11 & 9 that are still at home with us. We are the human caretakers to two dogs and two cats.
I am a fourth generation member of Church of the Ascension. I have been the Treasurer and part of the Administration Team for the past 4 years. I am an active member and business owner in the community of Claymont.
I am married to Leo Mozzoni and we have 3 children, ages 18, 12 and 9.
I have been a member of Calvary Church, Hillcrest since 2004. I am one of the founding members of the Brandywine Collaborative Ministries. I am very proud of all that we have accomplished so far. The BCM is leading the way in a new structure of ministry. Once my tenure as Sr. Warden was over, I was asked to run the office, where I have been since April 1, 2014.
Additional information and a proper photograph of Mary will be coming soon.
Joanne, who started as Grace’s Administrative Assistant in April of 2018, is a native Delawarean, raised in Brandywine Hundred. She went to Concord High School and attended St. David’s Episcopal Church after meeting her husband Larry. There she served as Jr. Warden. They were both very active at St. David’s with the craft fair and the youth group. Today they attend Immanuel Highlands Church. Their youngest daughter was married there and their grandchildren also attend Immanuel. Currently she’s a member of the transition team, preparing to say goodbye to their Rector, Kim Capwell and welcome an Interim as they proceed to find a new Rector.
Joanne has been married to her husband Larry for 42 years and they have three married daughters, Sharon, Laura and Jill, who all live in the area. She loves to go to the beach, any beach, but Dewey is where she spends most of her time. She also is an avid sports fan and is passionate about the ups and downs of the Phillies. She is very competitive in the family fantasy football league trying to win the trophy and not take home the looser trophy that has to be displayed during Sunday Dinner.
With five busy grandchildren they spend a lot of time at swim meets, lacrosse games, soccer games and basketball games. Larry and Joanne both enjoy spending time with their friends, most of whom they have known since high school or met through their children playing sports.
She enjoys meeting new people at Grace and also learning new things about the business of church management.