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Join us Sunday, December 17, at Captain Butler's for our Christmas Pageant at 9:00 and Service of Lessons and Carols at 10:00. Childcare available.

Meet the Staff

The Rev. James M. “Jim” Peper, Interim Pastor
Pastor Jim Peper served Messiah Lutheran Church on Skidaway Island in Savannah as the Pastor/Developer from 1993-2008. During the past 10 years, he has served as Interim Pastor for Lutheran Church of the Redeemer on Wilmington Island; for Spirit of Peace in Richmond Hill; and for Lutheran Church of the Ascension from 2010-2011. Prior to coming to Savannah, Pastor Peper served churches in Catawba, North Carolina, and in Fort Wayne and Goshen, Indiana. Having grown up in northwest Ohio, Pastor Peper graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, and from Hamma School of Theology at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Pastor Peper and his wife, Kala, have three children and live on Tybee Island.



 Dr. Brian J. Taylor, Organist and Choirmaster
Having served as a church musician for over 30 years, Dr. Brian J. Taylor has served Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational Churches in Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, New Jersey and Michigan. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College; the Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary; the Master of Music and the Master of Sacred Music degrees from Southern Methodist University; and the Doctor of Sacred Music degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation, where he serves as part-time Professor of Sacred Music through online teaching. Brian has two daughters, ages 13 and 21, who currently live in Savannah.



Stephanie Miller, Congregational Coordinator
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Stephanie is a native of the Hostess City and “wouldn’t have it any other way.” She’s been married to Charlie for 45 years, and together they have two sons, one married to a wonderful woman and runs a successful vacation business on the waterfront and another who just started his career as a professional baseball player. Stephanie helps fulfill the mission of the church by coordinating congregational life from births, baptisms, wedding and anniversaries to making sure your gifts are welcomed and recorded. She has a deep passion for her family and her faith, that she shares with all she meets!


Margo Jones, Communications Coordinator
Brought up in central Illinois, Margo moved to Atlanta with her husband, Jake, to complete her design degree and both settled in for careers focused on large-scale commercial projects. An active member of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, in 2000 Margo joined the staff as evangelism coordinator, assisting the Pastors in outreach to visitors and new members. After accepting a full-time faculty position with SCAD in 2004, she and Jake relocated to Savannah and joined Ascension a few years later. In her current role, Margo produces the monthly Acts newsletter, email blasts and other materials.


Willie Tomat, Sexton
Willie, friend to all and caretaker for Ascension’s buildings and the people within them, was born and raised in Savannah. He became a member of Ascension over 20 years ago, and has been serving as the church sexton for 13. He loves to read, loves animals, and “loves working at Ascension.” In a feature article from the Savannah Morning News about Willie, he was described as “the guiding light” for the Sunday morning fellowship and, along with fellow members, created Grace Ministry at Ascension, providing ongoing support for the homeless.