History

Timeline

1954
September 30

The Beginning

Ascension Lutheran Church began on September 30, 1954 when Rev. Calton Kjergaard held a Bible study for seven people.
October 31

First Worship Service

On October 31st, 63 people attended Ascension's first worship service in the McMaster Park building. As the small congregation grew, the Mission board purchased a small farm house on four acres of land in Torrance.
1956
May 1

First Resident Pastor

Rev. Lloyd C. Warneke was installed as the first resident pastor of Ascension in May of 1956.
November 11

Parish Hall

As the congregation grew, members planned to build a new house of worship. The Parish Hall was dedicated on November 11, 1956.
1960
September 1

Ascension Day School Established

In 1960, Ascension Day School began with seven students enrolled in Kindergarten.
1964
June 1

First 8th Grade Graduation

Additional grades were added over time and in 1964 the first eighth grade graduation was held.
1968
August 25

Sanctuary Laid

On August 25th, 1968, the cornerstone of Ascension's present sanctuary was laid.
1969
January 1

Sanctuary and Administration Dedicated

The sanctuary and the administration wing were dedicated in 1969.
1976
August 1

Rev. Alan Wyneken Installed

Rev. Alan Wyneken was installed in August of 1976. He served the congregation for thirteen years.
1986
April 13

Classrooms Refurbished

Six refurbished classrooms were dedicated on April 13, 1986.
1987
September 8

Beginning of Ascension Preschool

On September 8, 1987 Ascension Preschool began.
1988
August 1

Rev. John Gross Installed as Assistant Pastor

Rev. John Gross was installed as Assistant Pastor in August of 1988.
1990
August 1

Rev. John Gross Becomes Senior Pastor

Rev. John Gross became the Senior Pastor in 1990. He served until 1999.
1999
August 1

Rev. Daniel Moriarty Installed

Rev. Daniel Moriarty installed as full-time pastor.
2010
May 2

Rev. Michael Abram Installed

Our current pastor is Rev. Michael Abram. He was officially installed as Pastor of Ascension on May 2, 2010.