The Rev. Christopher Montella first came to the Church of the Ascension in 1996 as a parishioner and by the time he moved to Los Angeles in 2003 had been involved in a variety of ministries including serving on the vestry. After moving to Los Angeles, he began exploring a call to ordained life, cultivating seeds that were planted here at Ascension. In January of this year, after 25 years in the fashion industry, he was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles where he serves as the chair of The Bishop’s Commission for LGBTQ Ministry. Christopher currently lives in Burbank with his partner Erick and is serving the congregation of St. James-in-the-City with another Ascension friend, the retired Bishop Suffragan of New York, Catherine S. Roskam.