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ONE summer worship service at 10:00 a.m. continues through September 3 - join us for worship and fellowship! Childcare available.

Council and Leadership Teams



The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension is part of the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


Our congregation has a constitution and bylaws that provide a framework for carrying out our ministry.  Congregational meetings are held twice a year to elect members of the Congregational Council, which meets monthly; approve an annual budget; and consider other items of business for the good of the church.  We celebrate all of our lay leaders who help us carry out Ascension’s mission and vision!



(by Les Robinson of the Center for Congregational Health) PDF



Congregational Council
John Manly – President
Patty Wakely – Vice President
Lynne Hollenbach – Secretary
Ralph Smith – Treasurer
Andrew Benton
Caroline Bridgers
Beth Brodley
Gail Connolly
Jimmy Crumley
Paul Ewaldsen
Dan Pioske
Mark Smith


Ministry Teams
Worship/ Music:  Nele Ewaldsen, Chair
Finance:  Mark Smith, Chair
Evangelism/ Communications:  Margo Jones, Chair
Mutual Ministry:  Mark Berry, Chair
Outreach:  Dorinda Duggan, Chair
Property/ Capt. Butler’s:  Charlie Miller, Chair
History/ Archives:  Katherine Tillman, Chair
Hospitality:  Joyce Herolt, Chair
Altar Guild:  Gaye Oetgen, Chair
History and Archives:  Katherine Tillman, Chair