Who We Are


Church of the Ascension an energized and growing Episcopal congregation of about 120 households incarnating the heart of God in the heart of the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle.

We are an open and affirming people acting as the body of Christ in forming daily disciples through traditional liturgy and music, lively adult and youth formation, and creative stewardship of God’s creation.

We actively collaborate in ecumenical mission through Operation Nightwatch, Mission to Seafarers, Tent City 5, and Earth Ministry activities.

We are Christ’s compassion in action.


As a welcoming and nurturing parish family, Ascension’s Mission is to Follow Christ, Develop & Deepen our Faith, and to Love & Serve one another and the community.

Core Values of Ascension

These core values are the principles and values most important to our overall ministry. Our core values are meant to serve as a foundation to all that we do at Ascension and to assist in our decision making as we set priorities and goals within each ministry area.

Hospitality To grow as a community that welcomes and embraces all, helping others to be engaged and committed to our common life.

Formation To emphasize and support Christian formation as a lifelong process.

Transformation To honor and value our heritage while recognizing that our experiences together and our relationship with God continue to transform us.

Leadership To continually identify our gifts of ministry and develop and strengthen our leadership skills.

Relevance To seek relevant ways of connecting Ascension to the broader community—to share our faith.

Exuberance To bring a passionate exuberance to the use of all our gifts, talents, and financial resources to support God’s ministry and mission.