Staff

The Rev. Lise Hildebrandt, Interim Priest
It’s true, she bicycles everywhere she possibly can and she’s a vegetarian. Pastor Lise has been Interim Priest at CHS since November 2018 and is here to accompany the parish through their transition to a new rector.

Bill Lacey, Minister of Music
He’s a New England sports fan, for sure, and puts life into music here. A retired music teacher, Bill is lots of fun. Just make sure you root for the right teams around him!

Bobbie Niles, Property Manager
Bobbie does the heavy lifting around CHS. She coordinates care and repairs for the large church building, the S. Almond Street property and the rectory. A quiet presence, she gets things done!

History

In 2006, Church of the Ascension, the St. John’s/St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church formed an “Inter-Parish Council” to pray and discuss how they might work together and share resources. In 2008, all three parishes vote to merge and stay at the former Church of the Ascension at 160 Rock Street in Fall River.

In the next ten years, Church of the Holy Spirit focused on ministry to the homeless, senior ministry, and being part of the Southcoast Mission hub that housed the Life Together program (providing training and experience for young adults to live into Christian leadership). In 2018, the parish entered into transition after the rector left for a new position.

Facilities

The main church building for Church of the Ascension was completed in 1875. The St. James Chapel was added in 1965 which incorporated windows, altar and other furnishings from St. James Episcopal Church. The large upstairs space houses Sunday School rooms, the Thrift Shop and storage, while the lower level provides office space, bathrooms, and the parish hall, which has a commercial kitchen. There is additional office and storage space in the basement.

Church of the Holy Spirit also owns a rectory on New Boston Road and another house on S. Almond Street that have housed the senior ministry, the Southcoast Mission Hub (and the Life Together program), and the Mount Hope at Kennedy Park intentional community.

If you or your group are interested in renting space in the church, please contact the church office.

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