Serving Together in Faith

Our Partners

Christians are to be in community.  We are united to one another by faith and Holy Baptism.  Below are some people and organizations with whom we work.

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. (1 Peter 3:8)

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Rev. Matthew Harrison, President of the LCMS in his Saint Louis office

The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

The church body of which Ascension is a member.  It was founded in Perry County, Missouri in 1847 by a handful of German immigrants.  Today, there are over 6,000 member congregations, 800 schools, 9 colleges, and 2 seminaries.  There are 1,900,000 members of the LCMS.

An installation at a congregation of the Northern Illinois District

The Northern Illinois District

Ascension is part of the Northern Illinois District--the 260 congregations in the northern third of Illinois.  The pastors and congregations of district work, worship, and learn together.  The Northern Illinois District works toward greater use of the Word, holistic Wellness of church workers, and serving as faithful Witnesses of Christ.

Rachel Meyer teaches a class in Bufuula, Uganda

Rachel Meyer

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rachel Meyer serves as a missionary at Hope Lutheran Church and School in Bufuula, Uganda.  There, she serves as a classroom teacher, helps Hope Lutheran School to develop a comprehensive religious education curriculum, and (as a trained musician) introduces hymnody to a local Lutheran congregation.  Ascension is proud to support Rachel financially and in our prayers.

Bethesda Lutheran Home - a statue of Jesus healing the sick
Rev. Mark Birkholz, co-founder of FHP with Rev. Matt Gunia and Mr. Craig Chidester

Faith Hope and Peace Ministries

Faith, Hope, Peace Ministries traces its beginning to Faith (Oak Lawn) member Betty Baker talking Pastor Matt Gunia, who was visiting her facility while seeing a member of his congregation. She asked Pastor Gunia share God’s Word with her because there was not a regular worship service for residents at her facility at that time. Since these small beginnings, our ministry has expanded now to include 19 facilities served with by almost 50 participating congregations.  

Lutheran Bible Translators

Lutheran Bible Translators

Lutheran Bible Translators is a highly trained group of women and men working with church and Bible agency leaders to bring God’s Word to those who don’t yet have it.  LBT missionaries spend years among remote people groups learning their language and working with them to translate the Bible from its original Greek and Hebrew manuscripts into the heart language of the people.

Missionary Steve Cohen distributes Gospel tracts

Apple of His Eye Mission Society

The Apple of His Eye Mission Society exists to boldly declare Y’shua as the Messiah and urgently equip God’s people to do the same.  We are passionate about telling Jewish people and gentiles that Jesus is the promised Messiah and invite them to respond in faith.  Apple has missionaries serving in both the United States and in Israel.

A live broadcast of Issues, Etc.

Issues, Etc.

Issues, Etc. is a ten-hour weekly syndicated radio talk show and podcast. The program features expert guests, expansive topics, while extolling Christ.

The program is hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Jeff Schwartz.  The web site has extensive audio archives on a variety of theological, social, and current events topics.


Bethesda Lutheran Home

Bethesda helps thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities realize a greater sense of independence by providing resources, opportunities and encouragement. Our impact changes lives.  Ascension is honored to support Bethesda through prayer and financial support.


Lutherans for Life

LFL applies the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the life issues, making Jesus known as the Son of God and Savior of all who can help and make a difference in people’s lives. Lutherans for Life confesses our Christian in relation to abortion, euthanasia, suicide, adoption, end-of-life issues, bioethics, fetal development, and sexual purity.

OAFC showing the love of Christ at an area nursing home.

Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ

With over 45 years of evangelism and youth ministry experience, OAFC offers free training to youth and adults which can assist you in evangelism and strengthening the faith of your youth. OAFC will meet with you, train you, and work with you so that you will be able to share your faith as we all witness of Jesus' love and forgiveness in your community and wherever God leads us.

A planning meeting of Chicagoland Walking Together

Chicagoland Walking Together

The mission of Chicago Walking Together is to strengthen LCMS churches in Chicago by sharing resources and encouragement in the areas of witness, mercy, and life together.  Chicago Walking Together is a joining together of Chicago Area Lutheran Churches to better service our members and community.

Seminary students in class

Concordia Theological Seminary - Fort Wayne, Indiana

Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW) is an institution of theological higher education of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod whose central purpose is to prepare men for the pastoral ministry, as well as men and women for other service in the church, through programs offering an understanding of the Christian faith that is Christ centered, biblically based, confessionally Lutheran, and evangelically active.

A translation of "Catechsims, Creeds, and Confessions"

The Lutheran Heritage Foundation

Many Lutheran churches around the world don’t have the basic books, so vital to understanding the Lutheran faith, because no one has translated them into their languages.  To date, LHF has translated, published, and distributed over 1,000 titles and 3 million Lutheran books to pastors, seminary students, missionaries and churches – all at no cost to them.

Call Day at Concordia Seminary - graduates receiving their first calls into the pastoral office

Concordia Seminary - Saint Louis, Missouri

Concordia Seminary serves church and world by providing theological education and leadership centered in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ for the formation of pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars, and leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Luther Academy conducting a theological conference in Slovakia

Luther Academy

Luther Academy promotes genuine, confessional Lutheran theology and research through conferences, scholarly exchanges, and publications that assist the church both to preserve and to proclaim to the world the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the only saving faith.  Luther Academy also conducts theological conferences for pastors overseas and is now holding annual conferences in West Africa, Uganda, Togo, India, Indonesia, South America, Central America, and the United States.



The primary purpose of our organization is to provide training, mentoring and consultation services for pastors seeking to enhance their ability to help people struggling with the ever-increasing personal, family and social complexities of contemporary life. The retreat training environment, grounded in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, ensures that pastors will be emotionally and spiritually refreshed and equipped by their participation. The Center provides a safe environment for clergy to reflect on their own spiritual and emotional health and assists them to review and enhance their professional competencies and skills as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s sacred mysteries. DOXOLOGY strengthens pastors so they can more faithfully pastor others.

Rev. Faivneng Her conducts a Baptism at Hmong Hope Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hmong Mission Society

The Hmong Mission Society engages in mission activity, acts of mercy, and training for ethnic Hmong communities in the United States and throughout the world.