The Rev. Dr. Marilyn Cornwell has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. She served for many years as a university faculty member doing cancer research before becoming an Episcopal priest. After beginning theological studies at the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University, she completed her M.Div. at the Episcopal Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. Having served on the clergy staff of several Episcopal churches in the Seattle area, she is currently Rector of the Church of the Ascension, Seattle. As Rector, she is convener of the Tent City 5 Ecumenical Support group in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, and chairs the Tent City 5 Community Advisory Committee. She served four years on the Board of Directors of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, and now serves on the Board of Directors of Earth Ministry. She is also a member of the Society of Ordained Scientists.