Ascending Life Church Leadership
Ascending Life Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Pastor Bernard left active duty Army after working at the international, national and state government levels serving as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives Officer (CBRNE), Nuclear Counter-Proliferation Officer and in strategic planning. He has deployed twice, toured as a musician, taught from Junior High to the university level and was the only Combat Diver Qualified CBRNE officer in the Army at one point. Having seen the favor of God at every phase of his military career he was promoted early and commanded early. Prior to leading Ascending Life Church he has served as a Senior Associate Pastor, Creative Arts Pastor and been responsible for Youth in over 20 years of ministry.
Pastor Bernard has a heart to see the world honor God, consider their ways and love on purpose while connecting others to the body of Christ.
He graduated from Lee University with a degree in Bible and Theology, a Masters of Science in Environmental Management from Webster University and a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary.
Pastor Bernard has been happily married for 21 years to Pastor Patrice. They have 4 children: Bernard (19), Jordan (17), Mariah (15) and Daniell (13).
Pastor Patrice planted Ascending Life Church with her husband Pastor Bernard. Prior to that, she has served as Children's Pastor, Director of Intercessory Prayer, Director of Hospitality, Youth Director and Finance Director. Twenty plus years of ministry have lead to Ascending Life Church.
The attributes that best describe Patrice as a pastor are strong vision for children leaders today to impact tomorrow. She has a burning desire to The Word of God lifted up, freedom in worship and the body of Christ concerned about Christ and His intentions.
She graduated from Villanova with a degree in Political Science and has been happily married for 21 years to Pastor Bernard. They have 4 children: Bernard (19), Jordan (17), Mariah (15) and Daniell (13).
Kingdom Culture Cultivator
He's that guy in the church that saw someone doing something crazy and joined him. His love for setting up and breaking down comes in a close third to his love for God and his family. He has been evangelizing since he was 12 when he was led to Christ by a friend who would repeat sermons he heard in church.
Lover of Setting Up and Breaking Down only second to his love for cultivating brotherhood and solidarity in a culture of honor, integrity and responsibility. Leads men to build up other men and cover their hearts and homes.
Women and Children's Ministries
Biochemist, researcher and educator Shannon has seen how God can move. Her life is a product of the fruit of His faithfulness. Clear teaching gift and insightfulness is only matched by her desire to see the purposes of God fulfilled.
Queen Bee of Deacons. Vicki has been doing outreach for years and now curates Ascending Life's gently used Second Life Clothing. With years of experience in Social Services Vicki's passion lies in advocating for the homeless, hungry and hurting.
Audio Visual Coordinator
The man behind the sound and sights of Ascending Life Church. A technophile at heart makes him a great audio/visual coordinator. While he is loved by all there have been lingering questions surrounding his Chili Cookoff victories.
Has been ministering through worship for years. Loves to share her passion for Jesus, her family and seafood with unsuspecting pastors. Curator of worship songs and the presence of The Lord.