Where We Pray: Compassion-centered ministry takes Ascension & Trinity Episcopal into the world

WYOMING, Ohio - The Tri-State is rich in the number and variety of houses of worship. In our weekly feature, WCPO shines the spotlight on where we pray.

Ascension & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

  • Address: 334 Burns Ave., Wyoming, Ohio
  • Denomination: Episcopal
  • Top Clergy: The Rev. Eric L. Miller, rector
  • Size of Congregation: Average Sunday attendance is 138 and growing
  • Affiliation: Diocese of Southern Ohio

Core Beliefs

"The parish’s mission is to put God’s love into action. Vision for the future is of a vital and growing faith community, with overflowing worship services and Christian growth opportunities. This is a church with compassion-centered ministries through which all find a place and take God’s love into the world."

Ascension & Holy Trinity is at an exciting time in its history, according to its youthful rector, the Rev. Eric L. Miller.

"Parishioners know we have something special to share with the world through our worship and through our outreach,” he said. "Our average Sunday attendance is about 138 and rising, but we still have a great feeling of intimacy and connection to God and one another." 

Rev. Eric Miller and Rosemary Miller with their children, Nathaniel and Lucas.

Ariel Miller (no relation to the rector), of East Walnut Hills, joined Ascension & Holy Trinity in 1991 with her husband Huxley, a physician.

The Millers found that people in their new church home relate to people who are different from themselves and listen with respect and empathy to each other, regardless of politics or dogmas.

This relational and practical characteristic plus an active community outreach program, including a school construction project in Haiti, has kept the Millers at the church and involved from the beginning.

Dr. Miller served as vestry chair from 2007-08 while Ariel Miller, now the retired executive director of the Episcopal Church Service Foundation, joined the vestry in 2014.

Ascension & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church sits in the historic village of Wyoming, a residential community just north of Cincinnati, that is noted for its varied architectural styles and beautiful tree-lined streets. The church is at the corner of Burns and Worthington avenues.

History

The present parish began in 1872 with the establishment of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartwell. By 1893, several families successfully petitioned the bishop for permission to begin "Ascension Mission" in Wyoming, about a mile and a half from Hartwell. The site of the present church was purchased in 1894.

After 75 years as two separate congregations, members of both churches voted to form one strong parish. With the merger of Ascension & Holy Trinity complete, a new church building soon became a reality. Proceeds from the sale of the Holy Trinity property and several major capital fund drives eliminated the parish debt. The present church was consecrated in 1975.

More about the church

The complex includes a church, education building, and parish hall, joined together as one unit. A memorial garden is located in a recessed area between the church and parish hall, facing Burns Avenue.  Parking is available on the streets around the church, which is handicap-accessible.

A patio next to the education building was added in 2005, in thanksgiving for the ministry of Rev. Wiley Ralph, the rector who merged Ascension & Holy Trinity into one church. During the summer, a casual worship service is offered at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays in this beautifully landscaped outdoor setting.

The parish hall and meeting rooms in the education building are available, free of charge, for use by community groups. On any given day that may include karate sessions, Reiki healing groups, guided meditation groups, Cub Scouts, Brownies, Alcoholics Anonymous, English country dancers, a preschool, a monthly music jam session, and additional ministries.

Ilfeça Dorvilus (center) a Haitian refugee who fled a violent coup in 1991, was resettled by the church. Here, Rev. Eric Miller prays over the new citizen's application for a visa for his daughter, Beatrice. Ariel Miller, who helped with the application, stands to Dorvilus' left.

More activities

  • Interfaith Hospitality Network, providing a meal to those without a home once a month in partnership with Christ Church, Glendale
  • A community dinner in Lincoln Heights once a month in partnership with St. Simon of Cyrene
  • Mission trip to Staten Island to assist in rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy
  • Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center
  • Guided Meditation Group (interfaith)
  • Canines for Christ (manners training for dogs that go on to be compassionate visitors)
  • Annual backpack blessing.
  • Funding for Dominican Republic health program
  • Funding for students to complete nursing and teaching programs in Liberia
  • Haiti school construction project

"I love serving as rector of Ascension & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church because here parishioners understand that church isn’t as much about what we do on Sunday mornings as it is what we do the rest of the week, said Rev. Miller.”

Services: 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sundays

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