Biography for Rev. Elise Hanley

I am both humbled and thrilled to be called as your next Assistant Rector. From the moment I first arrived to interview, I could sense that Trinity is a unique and special place, a vibrant and spirit-filled parish committed to serving both its immediate and greater community. A born and raised New Yorker, I most recently served at the Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. I attended the General Theological Seminary, and graduated from Union Theological Seminary in May 2016. Prior to seminary, I worked at Marble Collegiate Church as Director of Mission and Outreach, as well as Coordinator for its Women’s, Arts, and LGBTQ fellowship groups. I also helped to oversee the outreach programs of my sponsoring parish, St. Bart’s, including their 365-night a year women’s shelter. I am a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and I worked as a stage production manager on, off, and way off Broadway prior to discerning a call to the priesthood. I am married to Chris Ashley, who also graduated from Union last May with a PhD in Systematic Theology. He is currently a Chaplain Resident at Weill Cornell Medical Center. We live with two outgoing, friendly cats. A longtime vegetarian and animal lover, I also enjoy running, theatre, documentary films, traveling, Irish music and step dancing. I so look forward to meeting all of you, and to worshipping, serving, and growing together.