Ascension Lutheran Church, overlooking the West Side neighborhood of El Paso (off Westwind) had humble beginnings. We held our first worship service in the league room of Thunderbird Bowling Lanes on October 9, 1960. Today we worship in a building that was dedicated on July 14th, 1985, located at 6520 Loma de Cristo.
Pastor H.W. (Pat) Brill accepted a call to organize a congregation on the West Side of El Paso. He and his wife, Ethie, walked up and down the hills near Ridgemont Drive, telling people that there was going to be a new Lutheran church in their neighborhood.
Sixty three people attended that first service in October, with 17 attending Sunday School. The congregation moved into its new chapel at 131 Crestmont Drive on Christmas Eve, December 1960. This was followed by groundbreaking for a Sunday School building April 19, 1964. Ascension has, at this time, an accredited Preschool; filled to capacity with 75 students. It was opened as a weekday kindergarten in September, 1964. Pastor Brill preached his retirement sermon on May 25, 1975.
Looking at the past is but a prelude to the future. Today Ascension is shepherded by Pastor Brian Bestian. Through his leadership, Ascension is blessed with the continued outreach to the community, and sharing the Word through the knowledge of our Savior Jesus Christ.