Pastor Phil Whitener

Welcome to Ascension Lutheran Church

WELCOME! This community of faith is seeking to make your "welcome" ever more real and new for persons like yourself, whether you hear it on Sunday mornings in our sanctuary complete with an outstretched hand, or read it on a screen as you relax at home, or in a coffee shop. It is a genuine welcome, backed up with the kind of honest openness and friendliness that refreshes the soul, emboldens the heart, and delights the mind.

"You are welcome at Ascension!" We understand that not everyone who is seeking a connection with something deeper and more fulfilling will be able to physically come to Indian Harbour Beach and participate in this congregation's multiplicity of programs, from service to education and from fellowship to worship. So...we have created a website where you can connect! Here are the resources, the links, and conversations you need to feel welcome, and we hope, appreciated and understood.

Thanks for dropping by our website. We hope you'll come back again soon, and often. Bookmark us, and add us to your home screen. We'll keep it up-to-date.

God's Blessings!

Pastor Phil

Community of Hope



Community of Hope (COH), a local mission our congregation sponsors, is growing in the ability to provide housing to working families with children.  They need YOUR help.  Do you shop online through Amazon?  Do you order books, movies, tools, anything Amazon sells?  If so, there is an easy way to lend support!  Shop at, select Community of Hope, Melbourne, Florida as the agency to support and order away!  Smile Amazon will donate 5% of every purchase to Community of Hope to help serve families right here in our area.

Community of Hope needs you!  The Ascension Lutheran Church Council accepted COH as part of the mission outreach of the congregation.  The third statement in Ascension's newly adopted mission statement says, "Serve others."  Community of Hope provides a wonderful way to serve others by helping end homelessness in our community.

Community of Hope is a faith-based, ecumenical 501(c)3 that provides housing for families.  In Brevard County the number of families in need is rising.  The resources available for families are NOT increasing.  The Community of Hope mission is focused on working families with children.  Community of Hope provides housing for families, including all the necessities/essentials to make a house a home.  Family coaches and case management are provided to the families to help them reach their goals for self sufficiency.

Community of Hope has gone from managing a small single-family house 9 years ago to managing 28 homes!  The impact COH has on our local community is growing.  The newest houses COH has acquired are located across the Eau Galle Causeway in the Eau Galle area.  This set of houses has been aptly named "Hope Village."  This site, so close to the Ascension congregation, provides many opportunities for service to others.  Service projects are available for both individuals and groups as the need is great!

How can YOU help?  Community of Hope always needs volunteers for many type tasks.  Everything from building maintenance and repair, painting, lawn beautification, office assistance, collecting donated household goods, to coaching/mentoring a family.  There are ways for everyone of every age and ability to become involved, helping to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Call COH at (321) 474-0966, or visit the website at or Facebook at Community of Hope, Brevard.

Thank you for all your support!


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Words from our Pastor

Pastor Phil Whitener

We hope you and your family will have a warm and spirit-filled experience with us as we worship and fellowship together at our services, events, and ministries. Blessings & Peace!  -Pastor Phil Whitener

"Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls."

St. Mathew 11:28