Our People

The Rev. Robert P. Travis
Head Pastor (full time)

Fr. RobFather Rob goes by Father so that he remembers his duty to the people of God whom he serves. He’s been ordained since 2006, before coming to Rhode Island in 2015, serving in churches in Florida and Tennessee. Before seminary he served as a youth minister in Long Island, NY.  He is a cradle Episcopalian and son of a an Episcopal priest. His wife Leah, and his three children, Evan, Simon and Jack are the loves of his life and he learns more about God through them than from just about anyone else. He loves pets and misses his dog and chickens. He loves swimming outdoors, art and music. His professional passions are Missions, and Centering Prayer, but he loves to be with and serve Children of God of all ages. He speaks a few languages, so the Gift of Tongues mostly finds expression without the angelic one. This partnership of two parishes is the most interesting experimental job he has had to date. It will be interesting to see what God does with it.

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
(Micah 6:8)

September 19th, 2021 update: Some important news for the Partnership of the Church of the Ascension and Chapel of St. John the Divine.

This week our Head Pastor, Fr. Rob Travis, has been offered and accepted the call to serve as the Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in High Point, NC. He wants you to know that these are good churches, with solid foundations and faithful, loving people, and he is confident you will continue to preach the gospel and celebrate life together in your respective communities for many years to come. There are many possibilities for future ministry with clergy in both of our partnership churches, and the vestries will be working closely with the Diocese of Rhode Island over the next months to plan for the next chapter of ministry in both places.

Remember, “all things work together for good for those who know the Lord and are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

The Rev. Noel Bailey
Assisting Pastor (part time)

NoelNoel was born in Providence, is now back in RI for the 4th time, and hopes that this stay is longer than some of the others. She was ordained Priest at St. Michael’s, Bristol, in May 1988, and since then has served in the Dioceses of Albany, Western Massachusetts, and NH, and has been a chaplain for hospice. Noel has two adult children (although her son promises he’s never going to grow up!) living in MA, and three grandsons. She thinks that every encounter has the possibility to be a teaching or transformative moment, and is grateful for the opportunities for pastoral care with homebound parishioners and in nursing homes. She has a passion for creation justice and for sharing God’s generous inclusion with others. In her free time Noel likes to walk and photograph nature, and to curl up with her cats and a good detective story. She is Dean of the Narragansett Deanery, and serves as Chaplain to Retired Clergy, and on Diocesan Council and the Board of Episcopal Charities.

“Fear not, little flock. It is your father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
(Luke 12:32)