Ascension Lutheran Church reaches into the community here and abroad to change lives and share the love of Christ.
We believe, teach and respond to the love of the Triune God–the Father, creator of all that exists; the Son, Jesus Christ, who left his home in heaven to become flesh and blood, to suffer and die for the sins of all peoples of the world, and rose from the grave, victorious over sin, death and the devil, that we too might live with him in heaven for all eternity; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith in our hearts in Christ Jesus through God’s Word and Sacrament. The three persons of the Holy Trinity are one God, co-equal and co-eternal.
Our congregation accepts and preaches the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching can be summarized in three phrases:
Grace alone — Loves all the people of the world, even though we are sinful, rebel against him, and do not deserve his love. He sent Jesus, his only begotten Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly through the blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Scripture alone — The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.
Faith alone — By His Suffering and death as a substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. To those who hear and trust in this Good News, God gives eternal life. The Holy Spirit creates in us the faith to trust in his promises and forgives all our sins through Christ Jesus.
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We are a group of caring and committed Christians seeking to share the love of Jesus Christ. Much of our Spirit-guided work is based on the words of Jesus from Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth,” (ESV).
It is our mission and privilege to “Go and Share Jesus Christ”, starting in the communities of Gresham and Portland, and outward to the United States and countries around the world.
With a mission and vision tied to sharing Jesus, we have an active, vibrant congregation with many worship and ministry opportunities. We hope you will consider joining us for worship and eventually becoming further connected to our church family. See out Worship Schedule and bible study opportunities to find out where you might connect.
I grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with my first career being in resort management. I began considering the ministry after being affirmed by the members in my church, along with the call of the Holy Spirit. In 2003, I moved with my family to Seward, Nebraska to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management. From there I enrolled in Concordia Seminary, St. Louis to acquire my Master of Divinity. Ascension extended a call to me as Vicar (internship) in 2007, then called me as Associate Pastor in 2008, and finally in 2011 called me as Pastor. I enjoy time with my wife, Michele and two daughters, Morgan and Alexa. I am an avid Denver Broncos fan. I also love the beach, which was not available while growing up in Colorado!
My Role at Ascension: As the called Pastor, my main concern is Word and Sacrament ministry. That is, teaching and preaching the Word and its message of the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ, along with administering the Lord’s Supper and Baptizing people. This work is in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) as Jesus gives us the task of sharing Him with all nations. In addition, it is my goal to assist the Holy Spirit in building up disciples and leaders who will also go and share Jesus Christ. We have a great group of called and hired staff with a passion to share Jesus, and our teamwork is essential in carrying out that mission at Ascension. Although staff is important, our members do the majority of the Lord’s work, as they are moved by the Holy Spirit to labor within the Body of Christ.
I was born in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and spent to majority of my life in the mountain ski resort and ranching community, I married Jim in 1994 and we left for good 10 years later, when we began our journey to enter full time ministry.
In 2006 I began college and attended Ashford University. I received my bachelor’s degree in organizational management and psychology in 2010. After moving to Portland I worked at Portland Lutheran School until June of 2013 when I left there and started full time work at Ascension. I have wanted to play a bigger role in the ministry and this is a unique opportunity to be involved in the many aspects of church work.
My Role At Ascension: I am often the first face or voice people encounter when they contact the church. It is my goal to show them the face of Christ. To be kind, helpful, and serve in a manner that would portray Him to the best of my ability. I coordinate and prepare for services, communicate with congregants, and ensure that all the day to day office operations of the church run smoothly.