The Episcopal Church of the Ascension

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The Episcopal Church of the Ascension

Who We Are

Ascension began as the vision of the vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church, now the Cathedral of the Diocese of East Tennessee, to plant a mission church in rural West Knoxville. West Knoxville Fellowship was formed and its members began evening meetings in parishioners’ homes. Through the gifts of land by the Van Deventer family and a hugely successful member canvass of our founding families, the Church of the Ascension was granted full parish status in 1957 with a congregation numbering around 225.

The church prospered and grew as people moved west from Downtown Knoxville. In 1986 a major addition to the nave was completed increasing its seating capacity to 650 people. The Rev. David M. Potts was called to be the first rector in 1957. Over the ensuing years, we were served by 5 other rectors, 17 assisting clergy and our church has grown to well over 1000 members.

The hallmark of Ascension, both past and present, is strong lay leadership, a highly engaged congregation, a high level of giving and a talented, dedicated staff. Throughout its history Ascension has thrived and pressed forward in its mission: to enable ourselves and others to experience God in Christ, to seek and serve Him in others, to grow towards Christ and to proclaim Him to the world.

About Us

Vibe
Traditional Liturgy, Friendly, Young families, Multigenerational

Programs
Community Service, Children's Ministry, Young Adults, Youth Group, Choir, Missions, Yoga/Meditation, Nursery, Adult Education, Food Pantry

Music
Traditional Hymns, Organ, A capella, Psalms a capella

Denomination
Episcopal

Networks

Size
Large

Language
English

Founded
1957

Plan Your Visit

Services

Contact

Address
800 S Northshore Dr
Knoxville, TN 37919

Phone
(865) 588-0589

Website

Directions
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Leadership View all

Andrew Morehead
Associate Music Director and Communications Coordinator

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