Ascension Lutheran Church
About Us

About Us

Because of Jesus’ love, we are freed to serve our neighbors in love. Find out what Jesus’ death and resurrection means for the world. Regardless of age, race, or status in life, members of Ascension Lutheran Church welcome you to join this community of faith.

We are a church that is always being made new, and at the same time, is deeply rooted in Scripture, Lutheran theology and Lutheran confessions. We are also rooted in the vibrant, diverse communities and rich histories of our congregation and her members. It’s through these roots that the Holy Spirit guides and nourishes us so that we can be a church that is both resilient and always new. Founded in 1913, we are one of the area’s oldest faith communities. As a Christian church, we believe that Christ sends us forth in to the world to serve our neighbors both at home and abroad.

We were founded at a time when all other Lutheran churches in the Chattanooga area, were still worshiping in German. Our congregation chose to worship in English from the very beginning because we wanted to be a part of the community around us. For over a century, first in Downtown Chattanooga and then later in East Ridge, we have had a history of partnering with the business community and community organization to serve people and build a better world.

Find out more about what Lutherans Believe. (This link will take you to the ELCA website.)

Reverend Clair Sauer

The Reverend Clair Sauer leads the Holy Communion Service twice a month. The Reverend Sauer was born and raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where she was active in the First United Methodist Church youth group and youth choir. Ordained as a United Methodist minister in 2009, Rev. Sauer has spent the last 15 years leading United Methodist Churches around Chattanooga. This summer, Clair moved to expand her ministry while also pursuing another passion, the outdoors, when she began the position of Chief Innovation Officer for the Lookout Mountain Conservancy. This Land Trust is already on the cutting-edge of community conservation, and Clair is working with community youth, volunteers, and the public to connect them to the land and utilize conservation to change lives. Clair is married to Ken, pastor of Red Bank UMC, and Mom to Mary Ellen and Owen.

Contact Us:

Phone: 423-698-5047