Ashley Atencio

Phone: 860-839-8535

Although I was raised in nearby Simsbury, I knew nothing of Old St. Andrew’s until 2010 when I happened to be in the area and poked my head in. If you had told me a decade ago (when I lived in Manhattan) that today I would be a confirmed Episcopalian, active in church leadership, and refer to the members of this lively country parish as my “church family,” I never would have believed you. I am proud to be part of a community that is open, inclusive, welcoming, progressive, and intellectually curious. I feel that these qualities are what make OSA not only relevant but a necessary community in the 21st century.

In addition to my vestry work, I serve on the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Church in CT and am a member of the North Central Region Leadership Committee (OSA’s region in the ECCT). As an artist, woodworker, and general jack of all trades, I am proud to be one person in a long list of caretakers of this beautiful building with which we are blessed. I feel as connected to the spirit of this congregation and the souls whot came before me when I am taking Sunday communion along the hand-carved black walnut altar rail as I do when I am alone on a summer afternoon sanding and re-painting those 200-year old red doors. It is hard not to be joyful about welcoming newcomers (like I was not so ago) to this magical little corner of Bloomfield.